History, General

Modern Britain
Course Runs:  5/30/17 – 7/6/17 – at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
M, 5:20 pm – 9:00 pm 
Note:  This course is an hybrid, some meetings will be online, go to http:/sakai.rutgers.edu
Instructor:  Professor Golding

How is it that a small island kingdom perched off the northwest coast of Europe came to be the foremost military, political, economic, and cultural force in the world? This course will trace the political, economic, and cultural developments that fueled Great Britain’s ascent to a position of unparalleled geopolitical power by the early nineteenth century, and follow those threads into the 20th c. This is a story that that stretches from the sugar colonies of the West Indies, to the ports and factories of British coastal cities, and on to the operations of the East India Company and British state beyond the Cape of Good Hope. Additionally, it is a story of the cauldron of global competition and warfare, domestic political strife and reform, and what it meant to be a Briton both at home and in the wider world.

Rise of the British Empire
Course Runs:  7/10/17 – 8/16/17
*  Note:  This course is online, go to Sakai.rutgers.edu
Instructor:  Professor Golding

This course will chart the growth of British military and imperial power in the years following the English Civil War and its connection to the growth and expansion of the territorial control of the British state. The first half of the course will stress the development of Britain as a “fiscal military state” and its military and naval victories (and failures) of the late 17th and 18th centuries, culminating in the Napoleonic Wars and the British victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The second half of the course will focus on the British imperial state of the 19th c. and the military challenges that it faced both in its far-flung colonial holdings, and closer to home with the ambitions of European nations. The course will conclude with British involvement in WWI on both land and sea, which marked the beginning of a new international position for the British state.

Cold War Culture
Course Runs:  6/26/17 – 7/20/17
*  Note:  This course is online, go to Sakai.rutgers.edu
Instructor:  Professor Demirjian

In this seminar-style course, we will focus on the United States between 1941 and 1991. The Cold War, an era characterized by the superpower standoff between the United States and the former Soviet Union, provides a fruitful subject for cultural analysis. The focus of our exploration of this era will be the social and cultural changes wrought by atomic weapons and the threat of Communist expansion both abroad and at home. Such phenomena as television, suburbia, science fiction, rock and roll, the Civil Rights movement and the counter-culture are just a few of the trends and processes that emerged during these years. There will be no exams in this course. Students will be evaluated upon two criteria: 1) a series of short reaction papers and book reviews addressing essays and novels from, or about, the period and 2) class performance/participation. We will also have a lot of fun examining and discussing films, television programs, and commercial ads from the period which serve as rich primary source documents of how Americans processed the changing and threatening world around them.

History, M.A.
Internship in Public History 
Course Runs: 5/31/17 – 8/1/17
*  By permission of the instructor.
Instructor:  Staff

Supervised work experience in a public history office or private institutional setting, involving project work for one semester or a summer.