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HIST 102 Historical Method and Thought II (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 6

An introduction to historiography and to the methods of historical writing through the study of a wide variety of authors, past and present. The aim is to expose the students to a selection of texts that illustrate the evolution of the discipline, the wide range of approaches used in history, and the interdisciplinary nature of research in the humanities and the social sciences.

HIST 106 The Making of the Modern World II (3+1+0) 3 ECTS 5

A comparative exploration of the political, social and economic worlds of the three major Islamic empires of the early modern age; the Renaissance and the Reformation; the making of the absolutist states of Europe; science and commerce; the English Revolution and the Enlightenment; the American, French and Russian Revolutions of the modern age; the Industrial Revolution; nationalism and imperialism; World Wars I and II; the decline and transformation of China, Japan, India, the Ottoman world, Iran and Egypt in the modern age. Weekly discussion sessions and the study of audio- visual materials required.

HIST 210 Research Methods in History II  (4+0+0)  4 ECTS 5

Introduction to the practice and skills of research in history with emphasis on methods of oral history and visual and material data. Quantitative methods in history, developing skills in handling, visualizing, mapping and interpreting social science data in printed and digital formats. Critical tools and basic techniques used in historical research and writing. Exposure to historical materials from written material and visual evidence to oral accounts, and from archival, library, and archaeological materials to audiovisual and web-based sources through discussions, presentations, research projects and papers.

Prerequisites: HIST 101 and HIST 102

HIST 222, Ottoman History 1300-1600   (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 5

Survey of Ottoman history between ca. 1300 and ca. 1600. The formation and subsequent transformations of the polity; the key issues in Ottoman social, economic and cultural history. Frontier society and the emergence of the Ottomans, conquest, consolidation and resistance to state-building, formation of the centralized empire and its institutions, imperial ideology and its representations, urban order and disorder, gender, communal relations, and the late sixteenth-century crisis and transformations. Discussion of historiographic issues; focus on a comparative perspective on Ottoman historical patterns.

HIST 242 Western European Societies Politics and Cultures 1750-1890  (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 5

European History between 1750 and 1890. The French Revolution and its impact, modernizing development of Europe in the nineteenth century. The revolutions of 1789, 1830, 1848, economic modernization, artisans, gender, the development of political consciousness, new ideologies of liberalism, socialism, and nationalism, religion and popular culture, literacy and the public sphere, economic development, the development of class struggle, movements for the unification of Italy and Germany, the Second Republic and Second Empire, and Imperial Germany. Debates and historiography alongside primary sources. 

HIST 322 History of Modern Turkey   (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 5

Late Ottoman and Republican history up to the 2000's. Discussion of the Ottoman legacy and the making of the nation-state, followed by a study of the evolution of the political and social structures during the Republican era in a comparative perspective. Wars and mass violence in the late Ottoman Empire, reforms and nationalism in the early republican period, political currents, role of the army, social transformations and cultural developments since the 1950's. Emphasis on the notions of nation, citizenship and identity, and the historiographic debates surrounding them.

HIST 336 History of the Byzantine Empire, 9th-15th centuries  (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 5

A survey of Byzantine history from the struggles and transformations of the 8th and 9th centuries to the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453. Major political, social, economic, and cultural developments, focusing on topics such as social and economic structures, religion as institution and practice, and arts. Developments in the Byzantine world in the context of the medieval world, including the Muslims, the Slavs, the Latin West, and the Crusaders.

HIST 338 Byzantine Art and Architecture II (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 5

HIST 344 History and Archeology of Ancient Iran II (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 5

This course is an archaeological, art historical, and architectural survey of the Iranian cultures from the incipient state formation with the Shimashki Dynasty (beginning of 2nd millennium BCE) to the end of the Sasanid Empire by the Arab invasions (7th century AD). The focus in this class will be on interpreting the data within its social, cultural, economic, political context. Special emphasis will be given to understanding the outstanding issues related to the material culture and how a general historical narrative can be constructed using information from both written sources and the material culture.

HIST 355 History of Modern Art and Architecture (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 5

A survey of artistic and architectural production from the late eighteenth century to recent trends. The connection between social transformations and the emergence of new paradigms of visual representation and expression; the interaction between regional and global trends, between Western and non-Western worlds, between tradition and innovation.

HIST 402 Historiography II  (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 7

A critical and comparative review of Western and Eastern historiography and literary methods. Special attention will be given to the relationship between the historian and his era.

HIST 438 Korean History II (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 5

HIST 443 Seminar in Byzantine History    (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 5

Detailed investigation of a selected topic in the social, economic, political or cultural history of the Byzantine Empire, with particular attention to major controversies or disputed questions of historical analysis and interpretation. Students are expected to read relevant primary sources in English translation, explore archeological and/or artistic evidence if available, and evaluate critically the secondary literature on the chosen topic.

HIST 483 Special Topics in Culture as a Topic of Historical Inquiry (Based on European Early Modern Popular Culture) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 6

This course considers approaches to the study of culture in the past. So to understand the topic, the course will focus on popular culture in its broadest sense in the early modern period. Therefore, both concepts of culture and interdisciplinary methods will be explored, as developed and applied to an important period in history for the development of cultural studies. In so doing the course will lead to an understanding much about popular culture itself, its forms, practices, and representations.

HIST 48A Special Topics in Cicero and Sallust on Catiline (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 6

In this advanced Latin class, Lucius Sergius Catilina's plot to overthrow the Roman Republic in 63 BCE will be examined. The course will focus on reading and discussing selections from Cicero's Catilinarian orations and Sallust's Bellum Catilinae, our two most important sources for this event. Both the conspiracy itself and the different ways in which it was presented by the two ancient sources will be sought to be understood. Since the orations and the Bellum Catilinae will be read in the original Latin, students must have successfully completed Latin 211 and 212 (or the equivalent) before taking this course.

HIST 48J Special Topics in Early Byzantine Sources (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 6

This course is designed to introduce students to the sources of the early Byzantine/late antique world. This period of transitions and adaptations, known as late antiquity, starts with the decline of the Roman world in the third century C.E. and ends with the beginning of the Middle Ages. This period, which witnessed the rise of Christianity and Islam, conflicting imperial projects such as Byzantium and the Abbasids, and cultural traits that still define modern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern people today, left us with a rich array of written sources. Students will immerse themselves in the primary sources in translation, such as historical works, biographies, hagiographies, letters, and literary works.

HIST 48Z Special Topics in Introduction to Classical Archaeology (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 5

In this course, how the Ancient Greek culture developed during the formative archaic and classical periods. We shall focus on the archaeology and material culture of ancient Greece between about 1000 BCE. and about 300 BCE. We shall look at the development of communities and sanctuaries, life in the city and in the countryside, as well as at architecture, sculpture, and pottery. We shall also consider the intersections between material evidence and different human activities. The course serves as an introduction to classical archaeology and does not assume any previous coursework in archaeology, art, or material culture.

HIST 495-496 Thesis I, II (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8

Analysis of a particular problem in history. Emphasis will be placed on sound methodological approach and comprehensive bibliographical research.

HIST 49E Special Topics in Aesthetics in the Modern World (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 5

This course traces the aesthetic in the artistic practices of modern art. Its main aim is to understand the concept of modernity and how we can approach “modern art” in our “modern world” with reference to the concept of beauty. The main concern of the course is to feature modern artists’ approach to aesthetics and to review different art theories. This course is designed for those students who are interested in aesthetics and art theory but do not have an art history background.


HIST 502 Historiography I, II (3)

The agenda of the historian: Historiographical problems involved in studying social history and social change. A review of the methods of major social historians.

HIST 541 Method and Theory in Archaeology (3)

History of archaeology as a discipline, critical review of current theoretical and methodological issues and debates, site investigation techniques (surveys, excavation, remote sensing, etc.), data recording and management, data analysis, absolute and relative dating, chronological and historical frameworks; theories of explanation and interpretation of archaeological data.

HIST 557 Sources for the Study of Ottoman Art and Architecture (3)

Seminar on written and visual sources of Ottoman art and architecture; analysis of sources, methodological issues related to their use; the relevance, reliability and limitations of particular types of documents; review of surveys and critical studies of primary sources; discussion of conventional and current approaches towards the use of primary sources for historical analysis.

HIST 583 Selected Readings in Classical Ottoman History II (3)

A detailed analysis of selected readings of the early Ottoman era in history and historiography.

HIST 588 Seminar in Anatolian Archaeology and History (3)

Seminar on a selected topic selected from the second or first millennium B.C. Anatolia. Different aspects of Anatolian culture through all available sources; preparation and presentation of research paper.

HIST 58F SP. TP. Material Culture and Its Production in Ottoman Lands (3)

This course ranges widely over the basic human needs of food/drink, clothing, bedding and housing, but also discusses some of the items by which wealthy people and particularly the state elite both demonstrated their power and rendered their lives more enjoyable. The course will concentrate on the pre-Tanzimat period, even though occasionally the later 19th century will be looked at as well. Although the limitations of sources oblige historians to fore-ground the rich or at least the well-to-do, material culture and the closely allied notion of consumption to some extent permit access to people not much discussed in Ottoman written sources, including artisans, women and non-Muslims. Special attention will be paid to these often neglected groups.

HIST 58S SP. TP. Landscapes of transition: Salonica, Izmir and Alexandria during the long nineteenth century (3)

In the late Ottoman period, Salonica, Izmir and Alexandria did not shelter a monumental heritage comparable to that of historic sites like Istanbul, Damascus, Jerusalem or Cairo. But they were in the process of becoming themselves monuments of Mediterranean pluralism and connectivity. Their evolution as 'cosmopolitan' interfaces between Europe and the Ottoman world has been studied mainly from the economic and social point of view. This seminar is meant to add to this picture the rather neglected visual and spatial dimension. With the aid of recent critical literature, narrative representations, historical iconography and cartography, the three portcities will be addressed as plural environments, as interconnected, changing landscapes of coexistence and tension.

HIST 58T SP. TP. History of Political Economy (3)

This is a course of readings from current political economy and economic history, reflecting a variety of approaches to the study of the history of capitalism. Readings include both theoretical and factual aspects of the past and present state of capitalism, and of the studies on capitalism. The course will not be based on lectures, but will be organised around discussions on the readings, which involve certain debates in political economy/economic history. Students will be encouraged to find out more about these debates. Accordingly, readings are selective (both a guide to further reading and a sampler of certain debates) and additional readings may be made available during the course of the term.

HIST 595 Byzantine Constantinople: Society, Economy, Institutions (3)

This graduate seminar focuses on the history and development of the Byzantine imperial capital from its foundation by Constantine I to its conquest by the Ottomans. Tracing the main stages in the urban evolution of Constantinople, the seminar aims to highlight the transformations as well as continuities over the course of its thousand-year history. Topics to be covered include the built environment and urban fabric, social and commercial topography, provision of food and water, court rituals and ceremonies, entertainment and festivities, rebellions, role of religious institutions, status of ethnic communities and foreigners in the city. Students must already have some background in Byzantine history to be able to take this seminar.

HIST 59B SP. TP. Distant Exposures: Photography Beyond the West (3)

This seminar explores the story of photography outside its originary western context during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Adopting a broad, comparative stance, it traces the rise of photographic traditions in various regions, including the Ottoman domain, Qajar Iran, and colonial India, and aims to explore the particular ways in which this new mode of representation was inflected by local hierarchies and power relations, alternative strategies of imperial / Orientalist self-fashioning, and colonial mechanisms of control and surveillance. Historicizing the uses and perceptions of mechanically reproduced images across a wide non-western geography, the seminar aims to bring under further scrutiny the agency of artists, patrons, consumers, instruments, and various interpretive communities involved in the production and dissemination of the photographic image. Querying the work of traveling or “embedded” western photographers, as well as that of myriad local practitioners of the trade in these regions, it investigates the ways in which photography, as a novel technology of representing reality, was engaged in a complex relationship with the Orientalist visual tradition. The main theoretical aim of the seminar is to situate the Orientalist visual tradition beyond the privileged western European center, approaching it as a broader aesthetic regime repositioned in multiple ways in alternative centers, serving diverse, and at times conflicting interests.

HIST 59D SP. TP. The Early Modern Mediterranean and the Ottoman World (3)

History 56D explores the interrelationships between the Ottoman and the Mediterranean world during the early modern period. It aims to familiarize students with the long debates and different conceptualizations of the Mediterranean as ? historical space, and it examines key themes pertinent to the movement of people, goods, and ideas in the “inner sea”. The course first introduces the main thinkers who have examined the Mediterranean from the vantage point of large scale, longue durée historical processes (Braudel, Horden and Purcell, Tabak, Abulafia), and it situates Ottoman realities within this broader context. It then moves on to an in-depth examination of key themes and processes that characterized the overlaps between the Ottoman and the Mediterranean world (e.g. cultural encounters, climate, environment, the movement of ideas, spatial dynamics, and human mobility).

HIST 59E SP. TP. The Ancient City of Athens (3)

In antiquity, the city of Athens was one of the major cities in the ancient Greek world and, by the Hellenistic period, Athens had become an important culture centre which attracted visitors from around the eastern Mediterranean. In this seminar, we shall ask how the city developed the late Bronze Age to late antiquity. We shall ask how the different spaces of the city were used and why particular uses were located in specific parts of the cityscape. We shall also think about the ways that different areas within the city interacted with each other. Focusing on these different issues will also allow us to examine the politics of space in ancient Athens. Our study of the ancient city will be complemented by a fieldtrip to Athens during Spring Break when we will examine these issues on the ground.

HIST 59H SP.TP. Byzantium in İstanbul: Cultural Heritage (3)

HIST 601 History Seminar (3)

Discussion and critique of Ph.D. Dissertation. Students are expected to choose a sponsor from the department and decide on their area of specialization upon their admittance to the program. Students are expected to present a dissertation proposal in their second year with HIST 601 seminar.

HIST 603 Seminar in Contemporary Methods in History (3)
A colloquium intended to introduce the student to a variety of technique and analytical tools recently developed by historians and the discussion of contemporary theoretical trends in research.

HIST 604 Seminar in Social History (3)
A seminar on sources and methodology in history designed in a flexible way so as to combine a general evaluation of recent historiographical and methodological developments in the field.

HIST 682 SP. TP. Cultural Forms in the 19th Century

HIST 690 M.A. Thesis

HIST 691 Seminar in Ottoman Art, Visual Culture and Urban Environment (3)

Seminar on a particular aspect of Ottoman visual culture, art and architecture in the late medieval and early modern periods; topics include formation and transformation of visual idioms, patterns of artistic patronage, artistic and architectural culture, architecture within the urban context, practices, relations between centers and peripheries, modes of visual representation, cultural interactions and cross-cultural influences between Ottomans and other political and cultural realms.

HIST 790 Ph.D. Thesis