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HIS 23 — The History of 2023

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Jan 24—Mar 20
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 26
Unit: 1
Tuition: $505
Instructor(s): Thomas S. Mullaney
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 24—Mar 20
9 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 26
1 Unit
Thomas S. Mullaney
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
How can we understand the events, ideas, and conflicts that have featured in the news cycle during the past year? “The History of 2023” offers informed reflections on this year’s momentous events, providing an opportunity to understand our world in its historical context. The course is modeled after a popular lecture series offered to Stanford undergraduates. Each week will feature a different Stanford faculty member speaking on a major news topic of the year, showing what we can learn by approaching it from a historical perspective.

This course is being actively developed as the events of 2023 continue to unfold and is expected to include sessions such as:

Putin's War on Ukraine: Causes, Course, and Consequences
Amir Weiner, Associate Professor of History, Stanford

The Taiwan Crisis: A Century in the Making
Tom Mullaney, Professor of Chinese History, Stanford

Hot or Cold: Climate and Environment in the Early Modern World
Paula Findlen, Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of History, Stanford

War 2023: Is Conventional War Back?
Gil-li Vardi, Lecturer in History, Stanford

Money Matters: Milton Friedman and the Return of Inflation
Jennifer Burns, Associate Professor of History, Stanford

Why Do We Have the Electoral College?
Jonathan Gienapp
, Associate Professor of History, Stanford

The Origins of the Climate Crisis
Mikael Wolfe, Associate Professor of History, Stanford

The Global Drug Wars
Robert Crews, Professor of History, Stanford

The course will interest anyone who wants to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of 2023 and who is curious to consider how studying history can offer a deeper and richer understanding of tumultuous times.

Please note: The list of speakers and topics are subject to change.

Course Director; Professor of History, Stanford

Thomas S. Mullaney is the author of The Chinese Typewriter: A History, which examines China’s development of a modern, nonalphabetic information infrastructure encompassing telegraphy, typewriting, word processing, and computing. He has received the 2013 Abbott Payson Usher Prize; a three-year National Science Foundation Science, Technology, and Society award; a Hellman Fellowship; and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He received a PhD from Columbia.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.