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History 499 offerings – Spring 2014

The United States and the Cold War – Dr. Hugh Wilford

This section will draw on recent scholarship and newly available primary sources to examine in detail the causes and consequences of the United States’ entry into the Cold War. Discussion will focus in particular on the relationship between foreign relations and domestic political culture, highlighting such factors as ideology, gender, and race in the shaping of America’s place in the Cold War world.

Riots, Strikes & Conspiracies – Dr. Jane Dabel

Readings and discussions focusing on a series of short-term events that shed light on American politics, culture, and social organization.   Events studied include the Boston Tea Party of 1773; the crisis at Boston over the case of Anthony Burns, an escaped slave, in 1854; the Homestead strike of 1892; the student uprisings at Columbia University in 1968; and the Attica Prison Riot in 1971.  Emphasis on finding ways to make sense of these complicated, highly traumatic events, and on using them to understand larger processes of change in American history.

Readings in Ancient History – Dr. David Hood

This class will read the basic ancient historians: Herodotus, Thucydides, Polybius, Sallust, Plutarch, Suetonius and Tacitus. Grades will be based on discussion performance, your portfolio, an oral presentation, and a historiographical research paper of 15 pages.

Since we will be discussing the various ways in which the different authors distort the image of the past in order to make political, social and moral points, it is imperative that you clearly remember your Greek and Roman history.  If it has been a year or so since you took these classes, you should plan to reread your old texts and notes. You will be expected to be conversant with not only the political framework of antiquity, but also with the social, economic and intellectual currents which flowed through the ancient world.

Places of Memory:  Commemoration, Memorialization, and Public Memory in Modern Europe – Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger

In this course we will examine how rituals and spaces have been used since the 18th century to create public memory in Europe.  Through the commemoration and memorialization of both ancient as well as recent events, public memory has been used to create, shape, and even critique national, ethnic, religious, and political identities.  Specific topics include (but are not limited to):  the rise of nationalisms and the creation of such 19th-century monuments as the Arc de Triomphe and the Siegessäule, the First World War, the Second World War and the Holocaust, and the Cold War, including post-Cold War monuments.

Revolutions in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Local, Regional, and Global Connections (World & Middle East fields) – Dr. Houri Berberian

The twentieth- and, more recently, twenty-first-century world has seen its share of revolutions. This seminar will focus on the global context that has fomented and enabled revolution. Studying revolutions that took place from the early twentieth century to the early twenty-first century can tell us a great deal about their local and regional particularities, but it also points to global transformations: significant shifts in technologies of global communication (from the telegraph to the internet), transportation (from steam to jet), diffusion of ideologies, global economic changes just to name a few, all resulting in an accelerated “shrinking” of the world. This seminar will allow students to research and write on any revolution or revolutions of their choice – from the Little Age of Revolutions at the turn of the twentieth century to the Arab Uprisings of the early twenty-first century – and place it/them in a world historical context.

Modern War, Occupation, and Culture (Asia and the U.S.) – Dr. Michiko Takeuchi

The objective of this seminar is to examine the U.S. Occupation of Japan (1945-1952) with special attention to the themes of American and Japanese Imperialism, race, class, gender, sexuality, masculinity, femininity, Cold War, popular culture, and memory.  We will start by asking the fundamental question:  “What is occupation?”  Along with the discussion of major scholarship on the U.S. Occupation of Japan, students will learn theoretical concepts and methodologies that shaped historical writings on modern war and occupation.  Students will produce a research paper based on Modern Asia or 20th Century American history.


Oral History Program

402. Oral History Methods (1) Dr. Ali IgmenTo acquire basic skills and an understanding of the complex practical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding the practice of oral history, this one-unit course is offered every semester in the history department. It begins the third week of the semester and meets for eight class sessions. Students must also conduct a mini research/field work project.

498O. Directed Studies in Oral History (1-3) Dr. Ali Igmen
This course is individually supervised research, with the topic to be determined by the student. Student conferences are scheduled on an individual basis. Other courses with an oral history component:

301. Methodology of History (3) – Alkana, Berberian, Cleary, Shafer, Vatter

Oral history is one of the historical methodologies introduced in this class, required of all history majors, and students can elect to do an oral history project as part of the course requirement.

473. California History (3) -Quam-WickhamIn some sections of this course, oral history methodology is introduced and an oral history project is assigned

For further information contact: Ali Igmen, Oral History Program Director, Department of History, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. Tel.: (562) 985-8765. Fax: (562) 985-5431. E-mail: