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?

 
Courses in U.S. and Canadian History
Lectures
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 125, Capitalism in American Thought, 1886-2008, David Huyssen
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, Beverly Gage
HIST 132, American Politics and Society, 1945 to the Present, Jennifer Klein
HIST 134, American Indian Law and Policy, Ned Blackhawk
HIST 137, Science, Medicine, and the Politics of American Families, 1873-2013, Ziv Eisenberg
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 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, Slavery and Abolition, 1500-188, Edward Rugemer
HIST 187, African American History, Emancipation-present, Jonathan Holloway
Seminars
* HIST 001, African American Freedom Movements in the 20th Century, Glenda Gilmore, Crystal Feimster
* HIST 010, Postwar America at Home: 1945-1960, Cynthia Russett
* HIST 012, Politics and Society in the United States after World War II, Jennifer Klein   
* HIST 016, Significance of American Slavery, Edward Rugemer
* HIST 028, Gilded Age New York, David Huyssen
HIST XXX, The United States in the Progressive Era, Glenda Gilmore
HIST 139J, Reproductive Health, Gender, and Power in the US since 1845, Ziv Eisenberg
HIST 140J, History of the Modern Body, Ziv Eisenberg
HIST 111J, The Politics of Reform in America, David Huyssen
HIST 115J, Civil Rights and Women’s Liberation, Crystal Feimster
HIST 117J, Robert Moses’s New York, David Huyssen
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 129J, Capitalism, Class, and Power in the 20th-Century U.S., Jennifer Klein
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
Lectures
HIST 202, European Civilization, 1648-1945, John Merriman
HIST 251, Early Modern England, Keith Wrightson
HIST 227, The Spanish Civil War in Words and Images, Noel Valis
HIST 210, The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000, Anders Winroth
HIST 215, Reformation Europe, 1450-1650, Bruce Gordon
HIST 229, Nineteenth-Century Britain, Stuart Semmel
HIST 275, Revolutionary France, 1789-1871
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
Seminars
HIST 221J, Memoirs of Twentieth-Century Europe, Laura Engelstein
HIST 222J, Russia and the Eurasian Steppe, Paul Bushkovitch
HIST 224J, Jewish Emancipation in the Modern Era, Staff
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
 
Courses in LAAA (Latin America, Asia, Africa) History
Lectures
HIST 303, Japan’s Modern Revolution, Daniel Botsman
HIST 307, The Making of Japan’s Great Peace, 1550–1850, Fabian Drixler
HIST 310, History of Modern South Asia, June Noor Shaikh
HIST 316, History of China, 1550-Present
HIST 323, Southeast Asia since 1900, Benedict Kiernan
HIST 348, Empire, Nationalism, and Revolution in the Modern Middle East, Abbas Amanat
HIST 352, Reinventing Gender in Modern India, Asiya Alam
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
Seminars
* HIST 030, Tokyo, Fabian Drixler
HIST 320J, Non-Chinese Dynasties in China, Valerie Hansen
HIST 327J, Navigating Life in 19th-Century Japan, Fabian Drixler
HIST 343J, Iran’s Prophets or 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 351J, The Cuban Revolution, Staff
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 387J, West African Islam: Jihad Tradition and Its Pacifist Opponents, Lamin Sanneh
 
Courses in Global History (geographic credit by appeal to DUS)
Lectures
HIST 233, The Cultures of Western Medicine: A Transnational Historical Introduction, John Warner
Seminars
HIST 415J, Perspectives on World 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
 
Pre-industrial courses
Lectures
HIST 107, Introduction to American Indian History, Ned Blackhawk
HIST 116, The American Revolution, Joanne Freeman
HIST 169, Early National America, Joanne Freeman
HIST 184, Slavery and Abolition, 1500-188, Edward Rugemer
HIST 202, European Civilization, 1648-1945, John Merriman
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 275, Revolutionary France, 1789-1871
HIST 282, Golden Age Spain, Carlos Eire
HIST 290, Russia from the Ninth Century to 1801, Paul Bushkovitch
HIST 309, History of Ancient India, David Brick
HIST 355, Colonial Latin America, Stuart Schwartz
HIST 360, The Islamic Near East from Muhammad to the Mongol Invasion, Adel Allouche
Seminars
HIST 133J, The Creation of the American Politician, 1789-1820, Joanne Freeman
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 320J, Non-Chinese Dynasties in China, Valerie Hansen