Instructor: Zuoyue Wang Office: Building 94, Room 335
Winter Quarter 2007 Office Hours: MW 11-12 & apptmnt
Class Time: M 6:00-9:50pm Phone: 909-869-3872
Classroom: Building 9, Room 281 Email: email@example.com
Course website: www.csupomona.edu/~zywang/HST561.htm
This course focuses on selected major historiographical debates on US history since 1865, especially new and exciting historical works in the last three decades. Major topics include: Progressivism; Social and Cultural Changes in the 1920s; New Deal; the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb; the Origins of the Cold War; the Vietnam War; Civil Rights; Feminism; Science, Technology, and Environmentalism. Along the way we will also examine the evolution and current state of the American historical profession and issues and debates facing it. We will work on writing skills and oral communication skills as well.
Note: Students enrolled in the class should try to finish the Novick and Hoffman/Gjerde sections for the first week (on Progressivism) before coming to our first class meeting on Monday 1/8/2007.
Peter Novick, That Noble Dream: The “Objectivity Question” and the American Historical Profession.
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman and Jon Gjerde (eds.), Major Problems in American History, v. 2.
Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers.
There are additional readings listed below for each week.
Grading: Approximately 50% for attendance, participation in discussion, weekly notes and book reviews, and presentations; 50% historiographical or research paper.
Classroom Ground Rules (for the benefit of all of us):
1. Unauthorized absences, especially when it’s your turn for presentation, will considerably lower your grade. Email or call me if there is an emergency.
2. Late works will be penalized by 1/3 letter grade per day, e.g. B+ to B if one day late.
3. Please turn off pagers or cell phones during class period.
4. Plagiarism: See Cal Poly Pomona Catalog regarding university policy against plagiarism (presenting writing and ideas of others as one's own).
See Links to Other Useful Resources on My Website: http://www.csupomona.edu/~zywang/
Schedule of Sessions (Subject to Change) and Reading List (book call numbers are for Cal Poly Library but please confirm online because of recent changes in the library):
Week 2 (Jan. 8) Introduction and Debate over Progressivism
Novick, “Introduction” (pp. 1-17), on Ranke (pp. 26-31), on consensus (pp. 61-63), on historians’ racism (pp. 74-80), on “Progressive Historians” (pp. 92-108).
Hoffman and Gjerde, chapter 5.
Robert H. Wiebe, The Search for Order, 1877-1920. 1967. 5th floor; E661 .W58
Gabriel Kolko, The Triumph of Conservatism: A Re-Interpretation of American History, 1900-1916. 1963. 4th floor; HC106 .K77
Samuel Hays, Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency: The Progressive Conservation Movement, 1890-1920. 1959. 4th floor; HC103.7 .H3
Warren I. Cohen and Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, “America in Asian Eyes,” American Historical Review 111, no. 4 (October 2006): 1092-1119.
Week 3 (Jan. 15)
Holiday; No Class, But Complete the
Social and Cultural Changes in the 1920s
Novick, on the impact of WWI and scientific and cultural changes on historians (pp. 117-167).
Hoffman and Gjerde, chapter 7.
Lynn Dumenil, The Modern Temper: American Culture and Society in the 1920s. 1995. 5th floor; E169 .D912 1995
Edward J. Larson,
Summer for The Gods: The Scopes Trial and
Mae M. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the
Making of Modern
Week 4 (Jan. 22) Debate over New Deal and Liberalism
Novick, on Carl Becker’s and Charles Beard’s relativist argument against objectivism (pp. 250-278).
Hoffman and Gjerde, chapter 8
William E. Leuchtenburg, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1963. 5th floor; E806 .L475
Theodore J. Lowi, The End of Liberalism, 1969. 4th floor HM276 .L57
Lizabeth Cohen, Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in
Week 5 (Jan. 29) Debate over the Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War
Novick, on universalist defense of Western objectivism during WWII (pp. 281-319), and on Cold War conservative consensus (pp. 320-360).
Hoffman and Gjerde, chapter 10.
Kai Bird and Lawrence Lifschultz, Hiroshima’s Shadow, 1998.
Paul Boyer, By the Bomb’s Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age, 1985. 5th floor, E169.12 .B684 1985
Elaine Tyler May, Homeward Bound, 1999. 4th floor, HQ535 .M387 1999
John Lewis Gaddis, We Know Now: Rethinking Cold War History, 1997, 5th floor; D843 .G23 1997
Week 6 (Feb. 5) The Debate over the Vietnam War and the Rise of Revisionism
Novick, on the rise of radicalism in the 1960s (pp. 415-468).
Hoffman and Gjerde, chapter 14.
Kai Bird, The Color of Truth:McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy, Brothers in Arms: A Biography, 1998, 5th floor, E840.6 .B57 1998
Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in
“Interchange: Legacies of the Vietnam War,” Journal of American History 94, no. 2 (September 2006): 452-490.
Barton Bernstein (ed.), Towards a New Past: Dissenting Essays in American History, 1968. 5th floor ; E175 .B46
Carl N. Degler, “Remaking American History,” The Journal of American History 67, no. 1 (Jun., 1980): 7-25.
Week 7 (Feb. 12) Debate over the Civil Rights Movement
Novick, on black history (pp. 469-491).
Hoffman and Gjerde, chapter 12
Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters:
Pillar of Fire:
Steven Lawson and Charles Payne, Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968, 1998. E185.61 .L377 1998
Week 8 (Feb. 19) Feminism and Women’s History
Novick, on women’s history (pp. 491-510).
Hoffman and Gjerde, chapter 11.
Ruth Rosen, The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America, 2000. 4th floor, HQ1421 .R68 2001
Daniel Horowitz, Betty Friedan and the Making of the Feminine Mystique: The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism, 1998. 4th floor; HQ1413.F75 H67 1998.
Elaine Tyler May, Pushing the Limits: American Women, 1940-1961, 1994, 4th floor; HQ1420 .M374 1994
Week 9 (Feb. 26) Science, Technology, Environment, Consumerism, and Globalization
Novik, on history of science and recent trends in American history (pp. 522-546, 573-629)
Hoffman and Gjerde, chapter 15.
Merritt Roe Smith
and Leo Marx (eds.),
Ruth Schwartz Cowan, A Social History of American Technology, 1997, 3rd floor, T14.5 .C69 1997.
Daniel Kevles, The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America, 1995, 3rd floor ; QC9.U5 K48 1978 (our library has only the 1978 version but I will ask it to purchase the 1998 edition).
Steve Fuller, Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times, 2000, 3rd floor ; Q175 .F927 2000
Mike Davis, City of
Lizbeth Cohen, A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America, 2003, 5th floor, HC110.C6 C537 2003
Benjamin Barber, Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World, 1995. 4th floor HM201 .B37 1995
Week 10 (Mar. 5) Presentations of Papers
Monday, March 12, 2007, Term Paper Due