These are courses which fulfill our Interregional and Comparative requirements. Full course descriptions are available on our other curriculum pages.

HIST 4.01

The Crusades

The crusades, launched by European Christians who sought to secure military control over the Holy Land, led to a period of sustained and largely inimical contact between Christian and Muslim cultures. Covering the period from 1095-ca.1350, this course explores the cultural, religious, and ideological contexts of crusade history which shaped notions of religious violence, holy war, and ethnic cleansing, along with a long history of distrust between the peoples of Christian Europe (or the Christian West) and the Islamic Middle East.

HIST 5.08; X-list: AAAS 19

Africa and the World

This course focuses on links between Africa and other parts of the world, in particular Europe and Asia. Readings, lectures, and discussions will address travel and migration, economics and trade, identity formation, empire, and cultural production. Rather than viewing Africa as separate from global processes, the course will address historical phenomena across oceans, deserts, cultures, and languages to demonstrate both the diversity of experiences and the long-term global connections among disparate parts of the world.

HIST 8.01

Body Parts, Body Wholes: An Introduction to the Comparative History of Medicine

This course focuses on links between Africa and other parts of the world, in particular Europe and Asia. Readings, lectures, and discussions will address travel and migration, economics and trade, identity formation, empire, and cultural production. Rather than viewing Africa as separate from global processes, the course will address historical phenomena across oceans, deserts, cultures, and languages to demonstrate both the diversity of experiences and the long-term global connections among disparate parts of the world.

HIST 8.02

The Making of the Modern World Economy

This course introduces students to major economic developments of the last two centuries in global perspective. It addresses themes such as the Industrial Revolution and the "Great Divergence;" the political economy of imperialism; the economics of war; the transformation of the world financial system; the economics of development; and the roots of the crisis of 2007/8. Students can expect to acquire a historically founded understanding of the global economy of today.

HIST 8.04

History of Sexuality in America

How have historical processes produced distinct sexual practices and identities over time? This course engages 300 years of a history that often evaded the historical record or was deliberately purged from it and asks how more traditional topics of U.S. historical inquiry—immigration, citizenship, economic organization, intellectual and artistic production, racialization, formal politics, law, religious practice—can yield new insights when sexual history is included as a legitimate dimension of analysis.

HIST 8.05

The International History of Human Rights

In this course, students will study the history of human rights in the modern era, tracing the idea of the "Rights of Man" from the time of the Enlightenment; the uneasy coexistence of democracy and slavery; 19th century humanitarian movements, including abolitionism; the internationalization of humanitarianism and the Red Cross; the socialist challenge to "liberal" human rights; and the development of the international human rights movement per se since World War II.

HIST 8.06

Food History

We will look at issues of food production and consumption, and how our relationship to food contributes to the political and social structures that we live with.  Our approach will be historical and pay special attention to the ways in which our production and consumption of food has been shaped by the movement of people over the last century.  The readings explore how food creates ways for people to form bonds of belonging while also creating bonds of control and regimes of inequality.

HIST 8.07

The History of Equality

This course will examine key shifts in the understanding and deployment of notions of "equality," including moral, legal, political, social, racial, and gender equality. Primarily a course of intellectual history with a focus on European and American sources and texts, it will nevertheless encourage the consideration of non-western perspectives and will draw on relevant literature in other disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, and economics.

HIST 8.08

Horse History

The use of the horse in war and transport coincides with the emergence of written history, and the end of the use of the horse in war and transport coincides with the transition to the age of nuclear weapons and electronic communications. In between, the horse has been essential to global processes of agricultural and industrial development, urbanization, exploration and conquest. In many societies horses have also been associated with the fundamentals of social stratification and gender dichotomies. For good reason, the horse as a representation has also taken on profound cultural and religious roles.

HIST 9.01

The Americas from Invasion to Independence

The course explores the history of the Americas as space of conflict, colonialism, and political and economic change over three centuries from the arrival of Europeans to the revolutions that separated new American nations from European control. Using a thematic approach, the course will compare areas of the hemisphere and rival European imperial projects, while also identifying critical connections and interdependencies across the Americas. Students will be introduced to key questions in early American history and also to the analysis of primary and secondary sources through lectures and small discussion groups.

HIST 9.03

The Global Thirties: Economics and Politics

This course provides an overview of the global history of the Great Depression of the 1930s. The course addresses themes such as the international economic order of the 1920s, the economic causes of the Depression, the political responses to the crisis, the rise of economic planning, and the legacy of the 1930s in post-war development states and economic thinking. Students will understand why the Depression influences economic theory and policymaking to this day.

HIST 9.04

The Intellectual History of Capitalism

Since its inception capitalism has not only been an economic endeavor but also an intellectual challenge. Critics and boosters of capitalism have debated questions such as these: Is capitalism natural? Is capitalism equitable, or should it be? Does capitalism require a specific type of society and politics? This reading-intensive course introduces students to key texts about capitalism since the mid-19th century. Authors covered include Marx, Mill, Veblen, Keynes, Hayek, Polyani, Friedman, Foucault, and Piketty.


What Is History?

The discipline of History is about much more than names, dates, and events. It is actually a realm of robust argument, changing interpretations, and vivid imagination. This brand-new, team-taught course explores different genres of professional historical research and writing (e.g. biography, political history, cultural history). Through a dynamic mix of lectures and small-group discussions, both History majors and non-majors will gain a new appreciation of the historian's craft. No prerequisites; first-year students welcome.

HIST 10.02

Archival Research and the Production of History

The target constituency of this summer-term course will be those students admitted to History's London-based FSP who have framed an archive-based project (as most will do). Other students who wish to engage in a high-level exploration of archival-based historical knowledge are welcome to enroll; such students will pursue work for Unit Three of the class of their own choosing, in consultation with the instructor. The term consists of a three-part hybrid: an initial unit on the "epistemology of the archive" is followed by a unit on a select number of classic archival "finds." The course concludes with practical workshop format, intended to enhance a student's prospects for executing a project for 97.10 in London.

HIST 10.03

The Dartmouth Vietnam Project: Learning Oral History in a Digital Age

This course explores the theory and practice of oral history. Oral history interviews are collaborations between interviewers and narrators (interviewees). Such interviews are used to explore both the lives of individuals and the histories of communities. In some cases, oral history provides a way to access voices and perspectives that are marginalized or absent from the materials contained in conventional archives. The use of oral history interviews as primary sources raises complex questions about narrative, subjectivity, memory, and historical truth. In this course, students will be trained to conduct an interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project, an ongoing oral history project that records testimony from community members about their memories of the Vietnam War and its impact on their lives.



The Vietnam War

This course examines the conflict which Americans call "The Vietnam War" as a major event in the 20th century histories of both the United States and Vietnam. In addition to exploring the key decisions made by U.S. and Vietnamese leaders, students will also learn about the experiences of ordinary soldiers and civilians. This course incorporates multiple American and Vietnamese sources and perspectives, and also investigates multiple explanations of the war's origins and outcome.

HIST 41.02; X-list: AAAS 62.75

Race, Gender, & Revolution in the Atlantic World

This course examines how the events and intellectual production of the Haitian Revolution and decolonization struggles in the Spanish Empire shook the Atlantic World and forced a reconsideration of political categories such as liberty, tyranny, citizenship, rights, and the relationship of race and gender to all of these concepts. The Enlightenment influenced Latin American and Caribbean revolutionaries, but these rebel intellectuals in turn challenged some of the Enlightenment's fundamental tenets, ushering in new polities with radical notions of citizenship and belonging.


World War II: Ideology, Experience, Legacy

This course will explore the origins, nature, and legacies of the most dramatic war in modern times. Rather than focusing only on the military aspect, we will discuss the different ideological, cultural, political, and social factors that intersected in this monumental conflict. Students will learn about the worldviews that led to the war; the experiences of soldiers, policymakers, and ordinary people at the home fronts; and the institutions and cultures that emerged at the war's aftermath.


The Russian Empire

After a review of Kievan and Muscovite antecedents, the course surveys the history of Russia from the Time of Troubles to the beginning of the twentieth century. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the Russian autocrat, on the institution of serfdom, and the development of the 19th century intelligentsia. Intended to precede, but not prerequisite to, HIST 55. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Scientific Revolutions and Modern Society

An introduction to major revolutions in Western science since 1700, focusing on changing definitions of science; on political and religious implications of scientific theories; and on the effect of national contexts on scientific practice. Topics include Newton and Newtonianism in the 18th century, the Darwinian Revolution, Einstein and the birth of modern physics, and science under 'banners' in revolutionary France, Nazi Germany, and Soviet Russia.


Britain and the Sea

This course explores the role of the sea in bringing Britons into contact with a wide world of environments and peoples over the last four centuries during which time Britain was transformed from a cluster of islands on the margins of Europe into an influential global hub. Topics include: voyages of exploration; maritime commerce and warfare; life and work at sea; piracy and slavery; ports and coastal life; the sea as a site of recreation, imagination, and the experience of nature. Open to all classes.

HIST 63.02

Reading Artifacts: The Material Culture of Science

Emphasizing hands-on examination of artifacts in Dartmouth's Collection of Historic Scientific Instruments, this class seeks to study history using 3-d rather than the usual 2-d textual sources. Topics include the rise of American science, science at Dartmouth, the role of experiment and demonstration in science, aesthetics and design of objects, and international trade in instruments.  Students will create and curate an exhibition of artifacts from Dartmouth's Collection.  Open to all classes.

A list of additional courses that fulfill the Interregional and/or Comparative category.

HIST 91.01    Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Age of the Crusades (X-list: REL 33/JWST 36.01)

HIST 91.02    Christianity and Conversion in the Northern World: Vikings, Celts and Anglo-Saxons (X-list: REL 34)

HIST 94.03      Greek History: Archaic and Classical Greece (X-list: CLST 14)

HIST 94.04      Alexander the Great and Macedonian Kings (X-list: CLST 15)

HIST 94.05      Roman History: The Republic (X-list: CLAS 17)

HIST 94.06      History of the Roman Empire (X-list: CLST 18)

HIST 94.07      Methods and Theory in Ancient History (X-list: CLST 19)

HIST 94.08      History & Culture of the Jews: The Classcal Period (X-list: JWST 10)

HIST 94.09      History & Culture of the Jews: The Modern Period (X-list: JWST 11)

HIST 96.02      Seminar: Empires, Imperialism and the United States 

HIST 96.25      Seminar: World War II in the Pacific

HIST 96.13      Colloquium: Introduction to Global Methods