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HIST 293
The Global Uprisings of 1968-69 Fall 2020
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity

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In 1968 and 1969, social rebellions erupted around the world to an extent never seen before. Tens of millions of people joined protests, riots, strikes, and armed groups that confronted a wide range of oppressive systems. This course focuses on four key issues that were central these upheavals: the intersection of Black liberation and decolonization struggles; challenges to state policing and authoritarian practices; the valorization (and criminalization) of youth; and new practices of gender and sexual liberation. Most English-language scholarship about these movements has focused on Europe, the United States, and Mexico. In addition to studying events in these regions, this class integrates histories from Senegal, Pakistan, Congo, Uruguay, Vietnam, Egypt, Jamaica, and Japan to provide a broader global perspective. Although focused on just two years, the class locates the events of 1968-69 in the context of longer-term historical developments taking place before and afterward. Doing so allows us to assess the degree to which rebellions were borne of longstanding local conflicts, and the degree to which they were fueled by transnational connections (intellectual, personal, or political) between geographically-distant movements. Finally, the course explores how the rebellions of these two years changed the world that we live in today and what lessons they offer to those seeking systemic change in 2020.
The Class: Format: seminar; Course offered remotely. Students will be asked to upload short written or verbal assignments weekly, as well as participating in a group video-conference discussion once per week during class hours. Alternative options can be developed for students whose ability to participate in video-conference discussions is limited.
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 2847
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Participation in weekly videoconference discussions; short written or oral weekly assignments; a 3-page written analysis of a primary source; and semester-long research project resulting in a 10-page paper or public history project.
Prerequisites: None, open to all.
Enrollment Preferences: In case of over-enrollment, preference will be given to History majors, Global Studies concentrators and those interested in social justice work.
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This course focuses on the mass involvement of people in activities intended to create more equitable societies. We will analyze how historical actors from 1968-69 formulated differing conceptions of liberation and how to achieve it. Students also examine how social rebellions challenged existing structures of authority and created alternative forms of power. Throughout the class, students are asked to draw upon these historical examples to develop their own visions of equity and liberation.
Attributes: HIST Group G Electives - Global History

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