I’ll Really Wish I Had Majored in Econ: Telebears XIII–History

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, April 25th, 2007


History is one of those subjects you try to avoid for the entirety of your time in school, simply because secondary school teachers like to ram into you many facts. Yes, that brutal bastard Christopher Columbus discovered American islands in 1492. Yes, Lewis and Clark teamed up with Sacagawea for the most successful threesome of all time. Yes, Japanese-Americans did not get the best possible breaks from Roosevelt. We got it the first time around; you didn’t need to hammer it into our heads each successive year until we leave high school.

Surprisingly, a lot of students end up back in history when they realize most other majors are too tough for them. History can be kinda boring to learn, but by this point in life it can be quite easy–we’ve been doing it for so long that there doesn’t seem to be many more tricks left. Here are what these cruising students have to say about their professors.

(Have any memories about professors in this department for a class or in general? Contribute them in the comments.)

History 5, European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present
Tom Laqeuer, TuTh 11-1230, 145 Dwinelle
Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (Collected Papers of Sigmund Freud)Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in PolandNathan the Wise: By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (Bedford Series in History & Culture)
“Very informative, somehow ties the theme of dogs (yep) into every lecture, something different. Only problems are his stuttering, disorganization, and missed some topics I think should have been included…he’s just so funny in how he excited he gets about certain topics, spending way too much time there, and trying to still finish the whole lecture in time…an extremely hard class, but worth it if you really like history.”

History 6A, History of China: Origins to the Mongol Conquest
David Johnson, TuTh 2-330, 101 LSA
The Cambridge Illustrated History of China (Cambridge Illustrated Histories)The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature
“I fell asleep in the majority of the lectures. Johnson speaks in a monotone and pauses every few words, and it doesn’t help that the room’s always warm with comfortable seats…one of the worst professors i’ve ever had! bad tempered, picky, boring, speaks in monotone… No in-class final or midterms. Sweet deal. He’s also very nice in office hours!”

History 7A, The US From Settlement to Civil War
Robin Einhorn, TuTh 930-11, 155 Dwinelle
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Bantam Classics)Black Hawk: An Autobiography (Prairie State Books)The World Turned Upside Down: Indian Voices from Early America (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)Notes on the State of Virginia (Penguin Classics)Common Sense (Penguin Classics)The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: with Related Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)The Classic Slave Narratives (Signet Classics)
“Only two essays and two exams make it difficult to save your grade by the end, so don’t work on the essays last-minute like I did…She is a bit scary though, so if you try to leave lecture early be prepared for her to call you on it to the point of her flying across the lecture hall and pulling you back to your seat…Some people were simply born with an ability to teach, and Robin Einhorn is one of those people.”

History 8A, Becoming Latin America (1492-1824)
William Taylor, TuTh 11-1230, 101 Barker
A History of Latin America: C. 1450 to the Present (Blackwell History of the World)Colonial Latin America: A Documentary HistoryVictors and Vanquished: Spanish and Nahua Views of the Conquest of Mexico (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 15171570 (Cambridge Latin American Studies)Silver and Entrepreneurship in Seventeenth-Century Potosi
“He is very passionate about what he teaches and if you go to office hours he is very helpful…he’s really nice but such a lulling voice! and all the slides… dark room… early in the morning…I would highly recommend this class for those who want an objective view of Latin American history rather that the more common over-romanticized one.”

History 100, Colonialism and Nationalism in Africa
Tabitha Kanogo, TuTh 930-11, 220 Wheeler
The River Between (African Writers)Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography--The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South AfricaCotton is the Mother of Poverty: Peasants, Work, and Rural Struggle in Colonial Mozambique, 1938-1961 (Social History of Africa Series), Memoirs of the Maelstrom, Thunder from the Mountains (Africa series)
“Her talk is incoherent and scatter around…She’s knowledgeable and awesome, but just gets off topic a lot…Her tests were fair, and you could definitely tell what was going to be on them…the professor is excellent, especially on one-one basis…Professor Kanogo is from Kenya, and can tell us about life in our homeland firsthand. Alright Professor Kanogo!”

History 158C, Old and New Europe, 1914 Present
Anthony Adamthwaite, TuTh 1230-2, 145 Dwinelle
The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and PragueThe Book of Laughter and ForgettingThe White Rose: Munich, 1942-1943Cafe Europa: Life After CommunismA Bag of MarblesThe Living Unknown Soldier: A Story of Grief and the Great WarEurope in the Contemporary World: 1900 to Present: A Narrative History with DocumentsSoldiers of Salamis: A NovelThree Guineas (Annotated)
“His dry wit definitely enhanced the lectures. He picked a great selection of readings, too. As other people have said, his exams are totally straightforward…quintessentially English, yet remains entirely approachable…interesting, but gives lots of reading and is a tough grader…He is way chill and makes funny jokes!”

History 178, History of the Holocaust
John Efron, TuTh 2-330, 101 Morgan
Survival In AuschwitzHolocaust: A HistoryThe Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak: Five Notebooks from the Lodz Ghetto, Holocaust: Problems & Perspective of Interpretation,
“Lectures and material are extremely interesting. Teacher is laidback… material can propel itself to some degree, though oddly the Holocaust portion of the class itself tends to drag..Loses some steam towards the end of the semester, but good class overall….One of THE BEST history professors I have had in my life.”

(Data taken from RateMyProfessors and Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes)
(Image from Social Design Notes)

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