2 unit History summer courses with open seats!

Session A- 2 Unit Courses in History 

History N100.001: Financial Crisis, Inequality and Globalization: A Transnational Economic History from the Great Depression to the Great Recession (1920s – 2010s)
• This is a 2 unit course. It does not fulfill a major requirement.

In 2003, during the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, one of its distinguished members, Nobel laureate Robert Lucas confidently proclaimed to his colleagues that the “central problem of depression prevention has been solved, for all practical purposes, and has in fact been solved for many decades.” Just a few years later, during the 2008 Great Recession, his claim was put to the test. If Lucas has been proven right, we can ask at what cost had the global economy been saved from collapse, and for whose benefit? Answers to these questions, as we will discover in this course, critically depend on how we understand the 1929 Great Depression. We will trace what lessons liberal and authoritarian political regimes learned from the Great Depression, and which ones they forgot, and when. Doing this will permit us to evaluate the connections between economic inequality and globalization that give rise to enormous outpouring of professional and popular analysis in the aftermath of financial crisis. Topics covered include global responses to the Great Depression, the Bretton Woods system, 1980s debt crisis, 1990s Asian financial crisis, and the Great Recession.
Andrej Milivojevic
60 Barrows
TuTh, 4–6 p.m. | May 21–June 29
Class #: 13549

History N100.002: Pills, Profit, and Power: The History of Medicine in America
• This is a 2 unit course. It does not fulfill a major requirement.

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that life expectancy in the United States has declined for the second consecutive year in a row, even though it spends more on healthcare than any other country.  How did this come to be?  In an attempt to answer this question, this course examines the cultural, social, political, economic, and intellectual history of American medicine from the eighteenth century to the present. Topics include: Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), bloodletting, health citizenship, bioethics, the AIDS epidemic, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, mental health, women’s health, health activism, disability, and the opioid crisis.
Aimee Medeiros
9 Lewis
MW, 12–2 p.m. | May 21–June 29
Class #: 14213


Session D- 2 Unit Courses in History 

History N100.003: American Business History
• This is a 2 unit course. It does not fulfill a major requirement.

When President Calvin Coolidge declared in 1925 that “the chief business of the American people is business,” he was not making a historical argument, though it would have been a defensible one. Nearly a century earlier, French visitor, Alexis de Tocqueville, made a similar observation. Indeed, America was colonized by joint-stock corporations! Understanding the history of American business can therefore unlock a great deal about America itself. How did the exchange of capital become capitalism? How have markets and firms been constructed politically and socially? Is the history of American business primarily one of creative entrepreneurs or exploitative opportunists? What is the relationship between capitalism, gender, and race? In this course, we will explore these questions on a chronological journey from seventeenth-century joint-stock colonization to twenty-first century high-frequency trading.
Daniel M Robert
2 LeConte
TuTh, 2–4 p.m. | July 2–August 10
Class #: 15013

History N100.005: Youth in Revolt: Post-1945 Europe through Film
• This is a 2 unit course. It does not fulfill a major requirement.

Thoroughly devastated by war and the Holocaust, the Europe of the 1940s was poor, ethnically homogeneous, and politically divided into democratic-capitalist and Communist blocs. By the 1990s, Germany was reunified, the Soviet Union withdrawn from Eastern Europe, and the European Union expanded to include states formerly under Soviet rule. But the road to prosperity and unity required the revolutionary ideas and actions of youth.  In this course, we use award-winning feature films from the 1940s through the 1990s as our major primary sources for evaluating the major social, political, and cultural upheavals through which contemporary Europe emerged from its darkest decade. Topics addressed include the psychological aftershocks of fascism and Nazism; the decolonization of the British and French empires and the rise of racial and religious minorities in London, Paris and Berlin; the Sovietization of Eastern Europe and the rise of a dissident culture; the sexual revolution; the rise of television, rock n’roll, and the mass media; and the politics of Communism and anti-Communism in the Cold War.Focusing on films from England, France, West Germany, and East Germany, our major theme is generational revolt. In postwar Europe, each generation of youth revolted against  different aspects of politics and culture: outdated gender and sexual norms, the repression of wartime memory and guilt, political parties, universities and professions, the shallowness of consumer society, conformity under dictatorship.
Matthew Specter
180 Tan
TuTh, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | July 2–August 10
Class #: 15125