Social Change and Social Movements

Why do large-scale social changes occur when they do? Societies have a particular social order, cultural values and ideologies, institutions, hierarchies, vectors of authority, and economic relations, and then at particular moments, these become susceptible to small or even profound transformations—gradual or abrupt. How have people created the open moments of plasticity that make such transformation possible? What does it mean to band together with others and act collectively to change things? Humans have engaged in individual acts of resistance—breaking tools, not paying taxes, running away, avoiding military service or impressment, adulterating food, defying a tribal order, refusing gendered expectations, praying, engaging in religious dissent—in many time periods and throughout the world. When and how does such resistance become a social movement? Under what conditions does spontaneous action turn into deliberate, planned, strategic action? How have people built and exerted power? What have been the possibilities and limits of solidarity?

These pathway courses enable us to see strategies used at the local, regional, national, and international level; to establish connections among organizing and policy and politics, state and family, and migration, immigration, and empire; to explore how migrations of people and ideas generate transnational connections among movements. Why do some take up arms and use violence? In other places and locales, pacifist movements could bring down even the mightiest of imperial powers, as the Salt Marches did in British-occupied India. Studying social movements can take us through the study of peasant resistance to land enclosures, revolutions, abolitionism, labor rights and women’s rights, anti-colonialism, indigenous rights, Christian fundamentalism, liberation theology, apartheid, the modern conservative movement, the Islamic Revival, and nationalism of all sorts.  Social movements can be studied through the prism of ideas and intellectual history, social history, gender, history of sexuality, political history, and environmental history. As we reflect on what constitutes the success or failure of a social movement, we confront the intriguing question—what is the connection between social movements and broad political or economic change over time?

* Denotes courses being taught in 2014-2015

Courses in U.S. and Canadian History
*HIST 106, The Formation of Modern American Culture, 1920 to the Present, Matthew Jacobson
HIST 107, Introduction to American Indian History, Ned Blackhawk
HIST 112, The Formation of Modern American Culture, 1876-1919, Jean-Christophe Agnew
HIST 116, The American Revolution, Joanne Freeman
*HIST 119, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877, David Blight
*HIST 120, Introduction to Environmental History, Paul Sabin
*HIST 127, U.S. Lesbian and Gay History, George Chauncey
HIST 129, Sexuality and Religion, Kathryn Lofton
*HIST 131, American Politics and Society, 1900-1945, Glenda Gilmore/Beverly Gage
HIST 132, American Politics and Society, 1945 to the Present, Jennifer Klein
HIST 134, American Indian Law and Policy, Ned Blackhawk
*HIST 136, The Long Civil Rights Movement, Crystal Feimster
HIST 140, Public Health in America, 1793-2000, Naomi Rogers
*HIST 141, The American West, John Mack Faragher
*HIST 147, Media and Medicine in Modern America, John Warner, Gretchen Berland
*HIST 150, American Legal History, John Witt
*HIST 169, Early National America, Joanne Freeman
HIST 171, Women in Modern America, Joanne Meyerowitz
HIST 183, Asian American History 1800-present, Mary Lui
*HIST 184, The Rise and Fall of Atlantic Slavery, Edward Rugemer
HIST 187, African American History, Emancipation-present, Jonathan Holloway
HIST 001, African American Freedom Movements in the 20th Century, Glenda Gilmore, Crystal Feimster
HIST 012, Politics and Society in the United States after World War II, Jennifer Klein   
*HIST 016, Significance of American Slavery, Edward Rugemer
*HIST 018, Commodities as U.S. History, Matthew Jacobson
HIST XXX, The United States in the Progressive Era, Glenda Gilmore
HIST 113J, Cultural Capital: New York in the Twentieth Century, Jean-Christophe Agnew
HIST 115J, Civil Rights and Women’s Liberation, Crystal Feimster
HIST 122J, Environmental Law and Politics in the 1970s, Paul Sabin
HIST 123J, Racial Violence in American History, Crystal Feimster
HIST 125J, Making America Modern, 1880-1930, Jean-Christophe Agnew
*HIST 128J, Beer in American History, Allyson Brantley
HIST 129J, Capitalism, Class, and Power in the 20th-Century U.S., Jennifer Klein
*HIST 129J, Topics in California History, Genevieve Carpio
HIST 131J, Urban History in the United States, 1870 to the Present, Jennifer Klein
*HIST 133J, The Creation of the American Politician, 1789-1820, Joanne Freeman
HIST 136J, Liberalism and Conservatism in U.S. Politics, Beverly Gage
*HIST 139J, The American South, 1870 to the Present, Glenda Gilmore
HIST 148J, Politics and Culture of the U.S. Color Line, Matthew Jacobson
HIST 160J, Topics in Lesbian and Gay History, George Chauncey
HIST 161J, Communism and Anticommunism in the 20th-Century U.S., Beverly Gage
HIST 169J, Labor, Migration, and Democracy in the 20th-Century U.S., Jennifer Klein
HIST 185J, Latina/o Histories, Stephen Pitti
HIST 191J, Women, Gender and Grassroots Politics in Postwar U.S., Jennifer Klein
Courses in European and British History
*HIST 202, European Civilization, 1648-1945, John Merriman
*HIST 223, Renaissance Italy, Francesca Trivellato
*HIST 251, Early Modern England, Keith Wrightson
HIST 210, The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000, Anders Winroth
HIST 215, Reformation Europe, 1450-1650, Bruce Gordon
*HIST 223, Renaissance Italy, Francesca Trivellato
HIST 229, Nineteenth-Century Britain, Stuart Semmel
HIST 275, Revolutionary France, 1789-1871, John Merriman
HIST 276, France since 1871, John Merriman
HIST 282, Golden Age Spain, Carlos Eire
HIST 290, Russia from the Ninth Century to 1801, Paul Bushkovitch
HIST 222J, Russia and the Eurasian Steppe, Paul Bushkovitch
*HIST 233J, The Emergence of Modern Paris, John Merriman
*HIST 226J, Russia and the East, Jeremy Friedman
*HIST 235J, Existentialism and Dissent, Marci Shore
*HIST 247J, The Invention of Modern Democracy, Yiftah Elazar
*HIST 250J, The Contested Idea of Liberty, Yiftah Elazar
*HIST 253J, Culture, Dissidence, and Control in Golden Age Spain, Maria Jordan
*HIST 258J, Jewish Citizenship in Modern Europe, Eliyahu Stern
*HIST 271J, Communist Takeovers in Eastern Europe, Timothy Snyder/ Sara Silverstein
*HIST 272J , Russia in the Age of Revolution, 1890-1924, Sara Brinegar
*HIST 274J, The Stalin Revolution in the Soviet Union, Sara Brinegar
Courses in LAAA (Latin America, Asia, Africa) History
*HIST 303, Japan’s Modern Revolution, Daniel Botsman
HIST 307, The Making of Japan’s Great Peace, 1550–1850, Fabian Drixler
HIST 316, History of China, 1550-Present, Peter Perdue
*HIST 317, China’s Global Twentieth Century, Peter Perdue/ C.J. Huang
*HIST 323, Southeast Asia since 1900, Benedict Kiernan
*HIST 325, Introduction to Latin American History, Anne Eller
*HIST 344, The Making of the Modern Middle East, Rosie Bsheer
HIST 348, Empire, Nationalism, and Revolution in the Modern Middle East, Abbas Amanat
*HIST 350, The Formation of the Islamic State to 750, Adel Allouche
HIST 355, Colonial Latin America, Stuart Schwartz
*HIST 358, History of Mexico since Independence, Gilbert Joseph
HIST 360, The Islamic Near East from Muhammad to the Mongol Invasion, Adel Allouche
*HIST 361, History of Brazil, Stuart Schwartz
*HIST 363, Latin America since Independence, Marcela Echeverri Munoz
HIST 371, Transnational Hispanola, Anne Eller
HIST 030, Tokyo, Fabian Drixler
*HIST 031, Political Islam, Julia Stephens
*HIST 038, The Mongols in China, Valerie Hansen
*HIST 039, Mumbai: Life in a Megacity, Rohit De
*HIST 041, The Americas in the Age of Revolutions, Marcela Echeverri
*HIST 042, Oil and Empire, Rosie Bsheer
HIST 320J, Non-Chinese Dynasties in China, Valerie Hansen
*HIST 326J, Yale and Japan, Daniel Botsman
*HIST 327J, Civilization in Meiji Japan, Kazumi Hasegawa
HIST 327J, Navigating Life in 19th-Century Japan, Fabian Drixler
HIST 343J, Iran’s Prophets of Protest, Abbas Amanat
HIST 346J, Africa After Colonialism, Daniel Magaziner
HIST 347J, The Ottoman Empire, Alan Mikhail
HIST 349J, South African Apartheid and Its Afterlives, Daniel Magaziner
*HIST 362J, Cold War in the Third World, Jeremy Freidman
*HIST 372J, Revolution and Cold War in Latin America, Gilbert Joseph
*HIST 377J, Freedom and Abolition in Latin America, Marcela Echeverri Munoz
*HIST 384J, The Middle East Between Crusaders and Mongols, Adel Allouche
*HIST 385J, Reformers and Revolutionaries in the Arab World, Rosie Bsheer
HIST 387J, West African Islam: Jihad Tradition and Its Pacifist Opponents, Lamin Sanneh
*HIST 388J, Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa, Robert Harms
Courses in Global History (geographic credit by appeal to DUS)
HIST 233, The Cultures of Western Medicine: A Transnational Historical Introduction, John Warner
*HIST 042, Oil and Empire, Rosie Bsheer
*HIST 405J, What Is a Nation-State? Ariel Ron
*HIST 409J, Global Black Power, Daniel Magaziner
*HIST 415J, The Problem of Global Poverty, Joanne Meyerowitz
HIST 416J, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, Staff
HIST 422J, Human Rights in History, Carolyn Dean
*HIST 411J, The Global 1960s, Jenifer Van Vleck
*HIST 431J, Family and Empire, Julia Stephens
*HIST 437J, Immigration and Migration in the British Atlantic, 1550-1800, Matthew Lockwood