RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
T 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
This research class is open to any who have completed one or more of the following courses: History 504, Readings 1607-1763, History 505, Readings 1763-1820, History 506, Readings 1820-1898. You must research in the period covered by the course or courses you have completed.
TOPICS IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION
This course combines independent directed readings with a ten-week historic preservation course offered on campus by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH). The preservation course available for this credit option during fall 2018 is Introduction to Historic Preservation, which will meet on Wednesday evenings beginning on September 5. Separate online registration for the MARCH course is not necessary, and there is no additional registration fee. Independent readings will be supervised by Dr. Charlene Mires. MARCH courses may also be taken on a non-credit basis, with an option of earning a continuing education certificate in historic preservation. For further information about the program, go to: https://preservation.rutgers.edu. Additional fall semester noncredit options will be posted in June; they will include a ten-week course in the history of the region’s built environment and a five-week course in architectural drawing.
ISSUES IN PUBLIC HISTORY
56:512:531:40 (cross-listed with 50:512:531:01)
TH 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
This seminar will go behind the scenes of the production and communication of history in settings such as museums, historic sites, and archives, and in the digital realm. We will examine issues in public history through controversies such as the display of the Enola Gay at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and the creation of the President’s House site exhibit in Philadelphia. Readings and discussion also will examine how civic engagement techniques and the interpretation of diverse, multiple narratives of history have come to the forefront of public history practice. (This seminar meets concurrently with the undergraduate course Introduction to Public History. Graduate students will gain familiarity with the literature of the field by developing a paper about a selected public history issue; the seminar also will offer a realistic examination of the job market and opportunities to begin to create a professional network.) A reading list will be posted during the summer at https://charlenemires.camden.rutgers.edu
READINGS IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE:
THE RISE OF THE STATE
T/TH 2:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Early Modern Europe describes the period that ushered Europeans from the Middle Ages to the Modern era. This course will focus on Europe’s transformation from a weak backwater to a world power by investigating the birth of the modern state. Students will be introduced to the most influential historical arguments regarding the emergence of the state from a set of fragmented feudal kingdoms to the modern “information” state. The course will move chronologically from the Middle Ages through the seventeenth century and expose students to the historiography of early modern Europe from the Annales school to current methods of cultural and world history.
CULTURAL HISTORY OF CAPITALISM
M 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
The solidification of American capitalism during the 19th century was far from seamless and uncontested. This class focuses on how the process of capitalism changed culture and society during its formative years in America. We will focus on how people acceded to and contested the logic of capitalism as it increasingly permeated even non-commercial parts of people’s lives. In addition to being a source of financial gain for some and a force of oppressions for others, how did capitalism change the way people acted, how they felt, and what they believed in? Further, how did economic, cultural, and social systems overlap and intertwine, becoming contingent upon one another? We will read key works of scholarship in the of the cultural history of capitalism, broadly considered. Topics covered will include everything from counterfeiting and prostitution to junk scavenging and banking. We’ll talk, too, about speculation, risk-taking, and rip-offs. We’ll also cover the rise of new mechanisms to facilitate capitalism’s ever-expanding reach, like financial instruments and insurance policies, and the people who serviced them, such as middle-men, agents, and brokers. Finally, we will explore how the logic of capitalism affected Americans’ ways of being, from the world of sentiment to the world of consumption.
Students will complete in-depth readings for each weekly topic, be expected to actively contribute to class discussion, and complete extended essays assigned throughout the semester.
THE CRAFT OF HISTORY
T 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
The Craft of History (aka Craft) is unique in the master’s program. Rather than a readings or research course in a particular sub-field of history, Craft is designed to familiarize students with major problems, questions, and methods that touch the field of history as a whole. From confidence that knowing the past was straightforward, to skepticism of all knowledge claims, the field of history has changed dramatically over the past two centuries. This course will historicize the study of history, introduce students to major historiographical approaches, examine cases of historiographical debate, and consider the boundaries between scholarship and fraud.
INTERNSHIP PUBLIC HISTORY
Supervised work experience in a public history office or private institutional setting, involving project work for one semester or a summer.