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Sophomore Seminar: From the Suez Canal to Hoover Dam: Infrastructure & Empire in World History

History 2907 - Fall 2019

Do bridges, dams, or clocks have a history? How can we read the histories of mobility and segregation from the built environment? In this seminar we will explore the co-mingled history of infrastructure and empire in their political, economic, cultural, and scientific dimensions from the 1860s through the early 1940s. We will situate projects such as the Suez Canal, standardization of international time, the Boulder/Hoover Dam project within meta- and counter-narratives of imperial and colonial activities around the world, ending with the Manhattan Project in St. Louis.
Course Attributes: EN HBU ISAS HUMFA HUMAR HUM

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Sophomore Seminar: From the Suez Canal to Hoover Dam: Infrastructure & Empire in World History
INSTRUCTOR: Beirn
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