John M Findlay
Anglo-American exploration, conquest, occupation, and exploitation of the trans-Mississippi West, with emphasis on economic development into the twentieth century. Considers wide range of developmental themes (social, political, cultural) in historiography of American West.
The course considers relations between Indians and non-Indians; gender, race, and ethnicity; migration patterns; the role of the state; regional mobilization during World War I, World War II, and the Cold War; the West as myth; politics and activism; urban development; resource use.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course combines lecture and discussion. Students will read and discuss primary sources as well as secondary works, and will write essays on readings and for exams.
Class assignments and grading
To be arranged
Papers, exams, and discussion.