2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Apr 13, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HST 119 - Introduction to History: Frontiers in History

1 course unit
This course uses the frontier as an excellent perspective from which to study history – an approach that is particularly useful when placed in a  comparative context.  The course will first examine the theoretical and historiographic study of frontiers, including Frederick Jackson Turner’s ‘Frontier Thesis’ of American history and its critics, attempts to apply Turner’s ideas to other parts of the world, Owen Lattimore’s work on Inner Asia, and recent anthropological studies of frontiers and colonial expansion.  This will be followed by an analysis of specific problems and cases from a variety of cultures and historic periods, including frontiers in ancient Rome; frontier conflicts in medieval Spain and England; the interactions between the Ottoman and Habsburg Empires in the  early modern period; European expansion in North America and Southern Africa; ethnicity and identity among frontier populations; and depictions  of frontiers in literature and film.
Meets general academic requirement HU.



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