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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 535   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

History of the U.S. State

Margot Canaday

This course surveys classic and recent literature on the history of the U.S. state. The bulk of the readings concentrate on the 20th Century U.S., but with some attention to earlier periods, other parts of the world, and key theoretical texts. Over the arc of the semester we work toward an understanding of what the state is, and what the concept of the state conveys that is not simply contained in the word "government".

Sample reading list:
Sparrow, Novak, and Sawyer, Boundaries of the State in American History
Charles Maier, Leviathan 2.0
Greta Krippner, Capitalizing on Crisis
James Scott, The Art of Not Being Governed
Cybelle Fox, Three Worlds of Relief
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 50%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22758 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Dickinson Hall   230   Enrolled:12 Limit:15