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Manan Ahmed
502 Fayerweather Hall

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HIST S3024D Decline and Fall of the Roman Republic. 3 points.

The aim of this course is to investigate the political, economic, and social developments in Rome that led to its political transformation from an oligarchy (the so-called "Republic") to a monarchy (the so-called "Empire"). The lectures largely take the form of a chronological narrative, with occasional lectures devoted to broader issues. Readings are drawn when possible from primary as well as secondary sources.

Summer 2017: HIST S3024D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3024 001/16948 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
311 Fayerweather
Richard Billows 3 14/20

HIST S3299Q From Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin: Tyranny and Autocracy in Russia and the Soviet Union. 4 points.

This course, specifically created for and geared to Columbia Summer School students, will examine the complex history of absolutism, autocracy, and tyranny in Russia and the Soviet Union from the time of Ivan the Terrible (1533 to 1584) to the present. We will discuss the image of these leaders in historiography, popular culture, and "collective memory" as well as the resistance to these phenomena in the realms both of "high politics" and mass action.

Summer 2017: HIST S3299Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3299 001/76896 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
302 Fayerweather
Michael Stanislawski 4 11

HIST S3455D Empire of Liberty: A Global History of the U.S. Military. 3 points.

America's wars in context, from King Philip's War in 1675 to present conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East. This course charts the expansion of U.S. military power from a band of colonists to a globe-girdling colossus with over two million personnel, some 800 bases around the world, and an annual budget of approximately $598 billion - 54 percent of federal discretionary spending, and more than the next nine nations combined. It introduces students to the history of American military power; the economic, political, and technological rise of the military-industrial complex and national security state; the role of the armed services in international humanitarian work; and the changing role of the military in domestic and international politics. A three-point semester-long course compressed into six weeks. Syllabus is located here:

Summer 2017: HIST S3455D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3455 001/65535 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
302 Fayerweather
Robert Neer 3 10

HIST S3535Q History of the City of New York. 3 points.

The social, cultural, economic, political, and demographic development of America's metropolis from colonial days to present. Slides and walking tours supplement the readings.

Summer 2017: HIST S3535Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3535 001/24643 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
311 Fayerweather
Stephen Sullivan 3 21/25

HIST S3684Q Crime: Practices and Representations. 4 points.

This seminar is intended to introduce students to the study of crime from two perspectives: historical and cultural. On the one hand, the seminar will read introductory and representative texts on the history of crime, particularly in Europe and the Americas. Among the themes to be discussed are: the impact of urbanization and cultural change on historical patterns of crime; the role of transgression and punishment in the construction of collective identities; the everyday relationship of urban populations with the law, the police, and the judiciary, and the gendered meanings of violence. On the other hand, the seminar will work with cultural representations of crime. Movies and literature will be used to understand the themes, genres and explanations that characterize popular understandings of crime.

Summer 2017: HIST S3684Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3684 001/15941 M W 1:00pm - 4:10pm
311 Fayerweather
Pablo Piccato 4 9/18

HIST S3803Q The Worlds of Mughal India. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course provides a political and social history of India from the 16th-19th century, focusing on the Mughal empire. Two central concerns: first, the Mughal regnal politics towards their rival imperial concerns within India and West Asia (the Maratha, the Rajput, the Safavid, the Ottoman); and second, the foreign gaze onto the Mughals (via the presence of Portuguese, English, and French travelers, merchants, and diplomats in India). These interlocked practices (how Mughals saw the world and how the world saw the Mughals) will allow us develop a nuanced knowledge of universally acknowledged power of the early modern world.

Summer 2017: HIST S3803Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3803 001/67984 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
302 Fayerweather
Manan Ahmed 3 11

HIST S4083D Crime and Punishment in the Middles Ages. 4 points.

This course sets out to explore the nature of crime, particularly those involving violence, and the practices advanced to control and restrict it in the wide geographical area of Europe, with an emphasis on France, England and Italy. The course material will be studied thematically. Themes will include the violent crimes, political violence, the development of courts, the development of criminal law, investigations of specific types of crime such as murder, theft, crimes against women, the mentality and methods of punishment, prisons, torture, and the methods of inquisition.

Summer 2017: HIST S4083D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4083 001/60289 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
302 Fayerweather
Neslihan Senocak 4 6

HIST S4235Q Central Asia: Imperial Legacies, New Images. 3 points.

This course is designed to provide with an overview of Central Asia’s imperial history, starting with Russia’s expansion in the 18th century to the present. Its main focus will be on the five post-Soviet states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. We will explore the impact of imperial tsarist and Soviet legacies on reshaping the region’s practices and policies of Islam, gender, nation-state building, democratization, and economic development. The course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. It does not require the knowledge of either Russian or local Central Asian languages.

Summer 2017: HIST S4235Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4235 001/75779 M W 9:00am - 12:10pm
311 Fayerweather
Gulnar Kendirbai 3 1

HIST S4327D Consumer Culture in Modern Europe. 4 points.

The development of the modern culture of consumption, with particular attention to the formation of the woman consumer.  Topics include commerce and the urban landscape, changing attitudes toward shopping and spending, feminine fashion and conspicuous consumption, and the birth of advertising. Examination of novels, fashion magazines, and advertising images.

Summer 2017: HIST S4327D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4327 001/75680 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
301m Fayerweather
Lisa Tiersten 4 6

HIST S4779D Africa and France. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course endeavors to understand the development of the peculiar and historically conflictual relationship that exists between France, the nation-states that are its former African colonies, and other contemporary African states. It covers the period from the 19th century colonial expansion through the current 'memory wars' in French politics and debates over migration and colonial history in Africa. Historical episodes include French participation in and eventual withdrawal from the Atlantic Slave Trade, emancipation in the French possessions, colonial conquest, African participation in the world wars, the wars of decolonization, and French-African relations in the contexts of immigration and the construction of the European Union. Readings will be drawn extensively from primary accounts by African and French intellectuals, dissidents, and colonial administrators. However, the course offers neither a collective biography of the compelling intellectuals who have emerged from this relationship nor a survey of French-African literary or cultural production nor a course in international relations. Indeed, the course avoids the common emphasis in francophone studies on literary production and the experiences of elites and the common focus of international relations on states and bureaucrats. The focus throughout the course is on the historical development of fields of political possibility and the emphasis is on sub-Saharan Africa.

Summer 2017: HIST S4779D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4779 001/69200 M W 1:00pm - 4:10pm
311 Fayerweather
Gregory Mann 4 16/22

HIST S4981Q Revolution and Radical Politics from Marx to May '68: Political Theory, History, and the Ideal Society. 4 points.

This seminar will expose students to classical texts in political theory relating to revolutionary action, political ethics and social militancy from the Communist Manifesto to 1968.  The course will explore the idea of revolutionary ethics as conceived by Western and non-Western political philosophers and militants.  The discussion will stress the connection between philosophers and revolutionary leaders and the transformation of the idea of radical politics through the dialogue between these two discourses (the philosophical and the militant) and the public reception of revolutionary events in the media and commemorative writings.  Authors will be examined according to their historical context and their role in the tradition of political thought and the history of radical politics from 1848 to the mid-sixties.  Students will be exposed to different discourses of political militancy and radical politics and to reflect on the ethical implications of the history of radical thought and action in comparative perspective. 

Summer 2017: HIST S4981Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4981 001/74464 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
311 Fayerweather
Alheli Alvarado-Diaz 4 12

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