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Undergraduate Course Descriptions


HIS 098:  Introduction to World Civilizations (3) A
A course to meet the PCC deficiency in Social Sciences. This course will emphasize the way in which history is researched and written and  will foster an understanding of how other related disciplines assist in historical analysis. This course does not count toward graduation.

HIS 100: World Topics To 1500:_____ (3) A
Introductory exploration of a broad regional or thematic topic in world history prior to 1500. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HIS 231 or 246. Gen. Ed. E-5A.

HIS 101: World Topics Since 1500:_____ (3) A
Introductory exploration of a broad regional or thematic topic in world history since 1500. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HIS 147, 232, or 247. Gen. Ed. E-5A.

HIS 102: American Civilization to 1877 (3) A
Formerly HIS 202. Transition from colonial to independent republic; social, cultural, and economic institutions derived from agrarian conditions; the influence of European foundations. Required of all majors and minors in history. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HIS 202. Gen. Ed. E-5A.

HIS 103: American Civilization Since 1877 (3) A
Formerly HIS 203. Conflicts between demands of an industrial society and agrarian values; interrelationships between world expressions and American experience. Required of all majors and minors in history. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HIS 203. Gen. Ed. E-5A.

HIS 147: World Civilizations Since 1500 (3) A.
Formerly HIS 247. Analyzes patterns of historical change and interaction in various world civilizations during the modern period. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HIS 101 or 247. Gen. Ed. E-5A.

HIS 200:  Introduction to Historical Methods (1) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.  Please see your advisor for an appropriate replacement course.

HIS 202:  American Civilization to 1877 (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 203:  American Civilization since 1877 (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 204W:  Historical Inquiry: ______ Writing Intensive (3) A.
Prerequisites: ENG 102 or 105 (B) or HON 105 (B). Introductory exploration of a particular historical problem or theme. Satisfies university’s sophomore writing-intensive requirement. Gen. Ed. VA, VC, or VII (SBS). [SB].

HIS 205: The Marginalized in History: ________ (3) A
Introductory exploration of the experiences of specific historically marginalized groups or cultures. May be repeated up to 6 hrs. as long as content varies. Gen. Ed. E-6.

HIS 231:  Western Civilization to 1687 (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 232:  Western Civilization Since 1687 (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 246:  World Civilizations to 1500 (3) I, II
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 247:  World Civilizations Since 1500 (3) I, II
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 290:  Historical Research and Methods (3) I, II
HIS majors only. A comprehensive introduction to historical research, writing, and methodologies. Credit will not be awarded for both HIS  201 and HIS 290.

HIS 300A:  Topics in U.S. History: _____ (1‑3) A
Movements in U.S. history that have influenced and continue to influence the course of American culture and civilization. May be retaken to  a maximum of six hours provided topics vary.

HIS 300B:  Topics in European History:____ (1‑3) A
Movements in European history that have influenced and continue to influence the course of European culture and civilization. May be  retaken to a maximum of six hours provided topics vary.

HIS 300C:  Topics in Non-Western History: ________ (1‑3) A
Movements in non-Western history that have influenced and continue to influence the course of non-Western cultures and  civilization. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours provided topics vary.

HIS 301:  History as Biography: ____ (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.  Please see your advisor for an appropriate replacement course.

HIS 302A:  Research Topics in History: ______ (3) I, II
Prerequisites: HIS majors only, HIS 290, and ENG 102, 105(B) or HON 102. Historical research and methodologies using case studies of specific movements in U.S. history that have influenced and continue to influence the course of cultures and civilizations.

HIS 302B:  Research Topics in History: ______ (3) I, II
Prerequisites: HIS majors only, HIS 290, and ENG 102, 105(B) or HON 102. Historical research and methodologies using case studies of specific movements in European history that have influenced and continue to influence the course of cultures and civilizations.

HIS 302C:  Research Topics in History: ______ (3) I, II
Prerequisites: HIS majors only, HIS 290, and ENG 102, 105(B) or HON 102. Historical research and methodologies using case studies of specific movements in Non-Western history that have influenced and continue to influence the course of cultures and civilizations.

HIS 303:  Women in American History (3) A
Cross listed as WGS 303. Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. Social, economic, and cultural role of women in  America. Women’s work; social position and status; women in reform movements; feminism and the suffrage movements; the new  feminism. Credit will not be awarded for both HIS 303 and WGS 303.

HIS 304:  Slavery in the Americas (3) A
Cross listed as AFA 304. Prerequisite: three hours HIS or departmental approval. The history of slavery, bound labor, and freedom in  the Western Hemisphere. Special attention will be given to anti-slavery and abolitionist movements. Credit will not be awarded for both HIS 304 and AFA 304.

HIS 305:  African‑American History (3) A
Cross listed as AFA 305. Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. African history to 1500; Europe, Africa, and the  Americas; trans‑Atlantic and domestic slave trades; American slavery; emancipation; post‑emancipation experiences and initiatives; persistence of black nationalism. Credit will not be awarded for both HIS 305 and AFA 305.

HIS 307: Religion in American History (3) A
Prerequisite: ENG 102, 105 (B), or HON 102, three hours HIS, or departmental approval. Examination of the impact of religious issues upon American history, including units on such questions as  church-state relations and the role of religion in American perspectives on culture, ethnicity, gender, and social and economic change. Credit will not be awarded for both HIS 307 and 300A: Religion in American History.

HIS 308:  Native Americans to 1830 (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or departmental approval. Native American history from pre-contact to the Indian Removal Act of 1830.  Emphasis placed on the nature and impact of encounters with Europeans.

HIS 309:  Native Americans Since 1830 (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or departmental approval. Native American history from the Indian Removal Era to the present. Emphasis placed on both native perspectives and federal policies.

HIS 310:  History of Science (3) A
The development of scientific concepts through the ages, contribution of science to civilization, philosophy of science, and  biographical sketches. Credit will not be awarded for both HIS 310 and SCI 310.

HIS 312A:  Independent Study in History: ______ (3) A
Individual research and/or reading on a problem area in U.S. history. Regular reports and final research paper required. Students must have the independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment.

HIS 312B:  Independent Study in History: ______ (3) A
Individual research and/or reading on a problem area in European history. Regular reports and final research paper required. Students  must have the independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment.

HIS 312C:  Independent Study in History: _____ (3) A
Individual research and/or reading on a problem area in Non-Western history. Regular reports and final research paper required. Students must have the independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment.

HIS 320:  History of the Arab World (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 321: Islamic Societies to 1800 (3) A
Prerequisite: ENG 102, 105 (B), or HON 102, three hours HIS, or departmental approval. Islamic societies in the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia, North Africa, and Spain from seventh to eighteenth  century. Origins and spread of Islamic civilization. Spiritual foundations, institutions, politics, and art. Florescence of “gunpowder empires.”

HIS 322:  History of the Modern Middle East (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or departmental approval. Study of the history of the modern Middle East from the close of the 18th century to the present, with emphasis on the religious, social, cultural, and political dimensions of societies in the region.

HIS 324: Iran – State, Religion & Society (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; 3 hours HIS or departmental approval. Iran from ancient to contemporary times with the emphasis on the modern period, with particular attention to politics, religion, and culture. Zoroastrianism, Islam, Tobacco Revolt, Constitutional Revolution, the Pahlavis and the 1953 coup, Islamic Revolution.

HIS 330:  Ancient Egypt (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. A survey of Egyptian history from the earliest human activity to the Islamic conquest, considering political, religious, and socio-economic shifts and discussing sources for the study of the ancient past (archaeology, texts, and monuments).

HIS 332: The Ancient Near East (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; 3 hours HIS or departmental approval. A survey of the political, religious, and cultural history of the ancient Near East (including Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Israel) from the Neolithic to 323 B.C.

HIS 336:  Greco-Roman Civilization (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. Greek society and culture; emergence of the Roman Republic; the Roman  Empire.

HIS 337:  Christianity East & West to 1500 (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. Exploration of the emergence and spread of both eastern and western  Christianity. Examination of the historical context, including social and cultural influences on the development of Christian communities and perspectives.

HIS 339:  The Dark Ages Illuminated (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. Collapse of the Classical world; the Germanic migrations; early Byzantine and Islamic civilizations; the Carolingians; the church and society; feudalism; commercial and urban revival; the rise of territorial states and the beginnings of European expansion.

HIS 341:  Europe, 1689-1815 (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 342:  Europe from 1815 to 1914 (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 343: The Renaissance & Reformation (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. European society, culture, economy and politics, 1348-1689; “Black Death” and its impact; Italian Renaissance humanism and art; Christian humanism and European expansion in the age of Columbus; Protestant and Catholic reform movements; religious wars. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HIS 344.

HIS 344:  Europe in the Reformation Era (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 345:  Bloody Crowns! England to 1603 (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. Roman Britain; Feudalism; rise of Parliament; Hundred Years' War; Reformation; Elizabethan Age.

HIS 346:  English History from 1603 to present (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. Civil War; imperial expansion; beginnings of industrialization; Victorian Liberalism; two world wars and beyond.

HIS 347:  Recent and Current World History, 1914 to present (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 348:  Elizabeth I – Life and Legacy (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or departmental approval. An examination of the life and reign of Elizabeth I, Queen of England from  1558-1603. Topics will include her rule, image, and historical legacy.

HIS 349:  Applied Learning in History (1‑8) A
Prerequisite: departmental approval. Does not apply toward a major or minor in history. Work in placements related to academic studies.  One to eight hours credit per semester or summer. Total hours: eight, associate; sixteen, baccalaureate. A minimum of 80 hours employment required for each semester hour credit.

HIS 349 A-N:  Cooperative Study: History (1‑8) A
Prerequisite: departmental approval. Does not apply toward a major or minor in history. Work in placements related to academic studies.  One to eight hours credit per semester or summer. Total hours: eight, associate; sixteen, baccalaureate. A minimum of 80 hours  employment required for each semester hour credit.

HIS 350:  Modern Germany since 1848 (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. Nationalism, liberalism, and the German problem; Bismarck and unification;  industrialization and socialism; World War I; Weimar Republic and Depression; Hitler and the Third Reich; World War II and the Holocaust;  Federal Republic and GDR; Cold War and beyond.

HIS 357: Church-State Relations from Hébert to Hitler (3) A
Prerequisite: ENG 102, 105 (B), or HON 102, three hours HIS, or departmental approval. Relations of the Roman Catholic Church with the monarchist, revolutionary, liberal and fascist regimes of France, Italy, Germany and Austria from 1769 to 1945, including such issues as anti-Semitism, anticlericalism, nationalism, democracy, and socialism. Credit will not be awarded for both HIS 357 and HIS 300B: Church-State Relations from Hébert to Hitler.

HIS 363:  Russia, Origins to Crimean War (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. Survey of Russian history from 860 to 1855. Cultural, economic, social, political and diplomatic development of Russia to the end of the Crimean War.

HIS 365: Russia - Revolutions & Reform (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. Cultural, social, economic, and political events leading to the 1917 Revolution. The history of the Soviet Union including its break-up into independent states.

HIS 370: World History Since 1945 (3) A
Formerly HIS 347. Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. Global consequences of World War II, the Cold War, decolonization, and superpower interventionism. The transition from a bipolar to a multipolar international system, the collapse of communism, and the spread of terrorism. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HIS 347.

HIS 374:  East Asian History to 1600 (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. China and Japan from the beginnings of East Asian civilization in Neolithic times to  the early modern period; the development of key social, economic, and political institutions; the Confucian tradition and the introduction  of Buddhism; the Mongol era; the late imperial order in China and the emergence of Japanese feudalism.

HIS 375:  East Asian History since 1600 (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 376: Japan – Samurai to Superpower (3) A
Formerly HIS 475. Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. Japan from 1600 to the present. Included will be the arrival of the West, industrialization, militarism, World War II, and Japan as economic superpower. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HIS 475.

HIS 378: Modern India (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.  Please see your advisor for an appropriate replacement course.

HIS 379: China – Empire and Revolution (3) A
Formerly HIS 474. Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. Han Chinese dissent and collaboration under Qing (Manchu) rule; conflicts with the West; rapid economic and cultural change; Revolution of 1911; Nationalist-Communist civil war and Japanese occupation; Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, and Tiananmen Square. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HIS 474.

HIS 380:  Mexico: Colony and Nation (3) A
Prerequisite: 3 hours HIS or departmental approval. Mexico as a Spanish colony; wars of independence; the Mexican Revolution; modern Mexico. Themes include politics, culture, religion, and United States-Mexican relations.

HIS 383:  Colonial Latin America (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 384:  Modern Latin America (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. The national period in Latin American history, with emphasis on dependency  theory, Roman Catholicism in the region, and United States‑Latin American relations.

HIS 385:  Early African History (3) A
Cross listed as AFA 385. Prerequisite: three hours HIS or departmental approval. History of Africa from earliest times to 1860. Emphasis  on social, political, economic, and cultural change in states and societies; oral tradition; the environmental and human  activities; slavery and the slave trades. Credit will not be awarded for both HIS 385 and AFA 385.

HIS 386:  Modern African History (3) A
Cross listed as AFA 386. Prerequisite: three hours HIS or departmental approval. History of Africa from the 19th century to the present.  Themes include: trade and politics; European conquest and African resistance; rural survival and urban popular culture; race, class, gender, ethnicity, and age; African nationalism and independence. Credit will not be awarded for both HIS 386 and AFA 386.

HIS 388:  Islam in West Africa (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 401:  American Colonial Period (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. Political and social history of the 13 colonies and their neighbors; European  background; settlement; westward expansion; intercolonial conflicts; beginnings of culture; colonial opposition to imperial authority.

HIS 402:  Revolutionary America (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. Colonial background of Revolution; internal and external nature of Revolution;  problems associated with Confederation; events leading to the American Constitution.

HIS 403:  Age of Jefferson and Jackson (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 404:  Life in Industrializing America (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 405:  America’s Westward Expansion (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. Colonial frontier; trans‑mountain movements; Indian problems; Manifest Destiny;  the sectional struggle; mining; railroads; cattle; agriculture.

HIS 406:  Nineteenth-Century South (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

HIS 407:  ‘The New South,' 1870-1970 (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. Economic and political struggles in the U.S. South from Reconstruction to Civil Rights. Covers sharecropping and the ‘New South,' the Populist rebellion, New Deal, and world wars. Specific attention given to the Black liberation struggle.

HIS 411:  Rise of Modern U.S., 1877-1920 (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. Western expansion; industrialization; the emergence of the United States as a world power; reform movements; the lives of women, immigrants, and African-Americans; World War I; popular culture.

HIS 412:  U.S. in Peace and War, 1920‑1945 (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. The 1920’s; the New Deal; the changing role of government; America’s role in  world affairs; World War II; popular culture.

HIS 413:  Cold War U.S., 1945-1991 (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105 (B), or HON 102; three hours HIS or department approval. Cold War competition from a U.S. perspective. Covers Keynesian and Supply-Side economics, and organized labor. Containment in Europe and the Third World, emphasizing Vietnam. Impact of race, gender, and sexuality on culture and society.

HIS 414:  The Modern American Presidency (3) A
Prerequisite or Corequisite: 3 hours of HIS or departmental approval. Evolution of presidency from early twentieth century, examining myriad roles of the  chief executive—as newsmaker, agenda setter, party leader, and celebrity—from William McKinley to today.

HIS 416: Kentucky History (3) A
Prerequisite: ENG 102, 105 (B), or HON 102, three hours HIS, or departmental approval. Kentucky’s social, economic and politicaldevelopment from frontier times to the present day. The Kentucky experience of such national trends as migration, urbanization, industrialism and expanding government. Credit will not be awarded for both HIS 416 and HIS 516.

HIS 420:  Appalachia in U.S. History (3) A
Cross listed as APP 420. Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. The relationship between Appalachia and the rest of the   United States. Topics include the “yeoman” myth, coal industrialization, settlement houses, company towns, and the identification of  the region with poverty. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for APP 420.

HIS 424:  Civil War and Reconstruction (3) A
Prerequisite: three hours HIS or department approval. Intellectual, social, and political roots of the sectional crisis; military and social  perspectives on the war years; the continuation of the sectional crisis in Reconstruction.

HIS 433:  American Diplomatic History (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.  Please see your advisor for an appropriate replacement course.

HIS 434:  History of the Vietnam War (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.  Please see your advisor for an appropriate replacement course.

HIS 435:  U.S. Civil Rights Movement  (3) A
Cross listed as AFA 435. Prerequisites: three hours IS or departmental approval. Examination through primary and secondary sources of  the origins, course, ideologies, and legacy of the mid-twentieth century American movement for racial justice and equality. Discussion of the central scholarly issues in civil rights studies. Credit will not be awarded for both HIS 435 and AFA 435.

HIS 449:  Readings in History (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.  Please see your advisor for an appropriate replacement course.

HIS 450W:  Senior Seminar in History (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105 (B), or HON 102; HIS major; HIS 200, 201 or 290; and six hours of the following: HIS 302A, 302B, 302C. Research and writing in History. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HIS 450.

HIS 474:  Transformation of China (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED. Course replaced by HIS 379.

HIS 475:  History of Modern Japan (3) A
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED. Course replaced by HIS 376.

HIS 516:  Kentucky History (3) A
COURSE DROPPED.


Graduate Course Descriptions

HIS 716:  Kentucky History  (3) A
COURSE DROPPED.

HIS 800:  Historiography and Criticism (3) A
A seminar in the history and theory of historical writing and fundamental techniques of the historian.

HIS 802A: Historical Research & Writing: ______ (3) A
Prerequisite or Corequisite: HIS 800. Historical research and methodologies using case studies of specific events in U.S. history that have influenced and continue to influence the development of cultures and civilizations.

HIS 802B: Historical Research & Writing: ______ (3) A
Prerequisite or Corequisite: HIS 800. Historical research and methodologies using case studies of specific events in European history that have influenced and continue to influence the development of cultures and civilizations.

HIS 802C: Historical Research & Writing: ______ (3) A
Prerequisite or Corequisite: HIS 800. Historical research and methodologies using case studies of specific events in non-Western history that have influenced and continue to influence the development of cultures and civilizations.

HIS 838:  Practicum in Public History (3) A
Prerequisite: departmental approval. Supervised practice in public history settings. Selective participation varies with the student’s program and participation. May be retaken at the discretion of the department. Three credit hours will require approximately 150 hours  of employment plus completion of an independent research project over the course of a semester. Maximum of three credit hours may  be applied to the M.A. program in history.

HIS 839: Cooperative Study in Public History (1-3).
Prerequisite: Departmental approval; must have been admitted to Masters in history program. Does not satisfy M.A. program requirements. Work in placement related to public history. One to three hours credit per semester or summer. Total hours 3. A minimum of 80 hours employment required for each semester hour credit. May be retaken for a maximum of 3 hours.

HIS 840: History Topics for 4th-8th Grade Teachers (3) A.
Seminar on selected topics in history specifically related to 4th- through 8th-grade social-studies curriculum.  Course may be retaken to a maximum of 9 hours provided the subject matter differs each time. Course is not open to History M.A. students or to secondary-education teachers. Course cannot be used to fulfill requirements for a History M.A.

HIS 849:  Reading and Research: ______ (3) A
Student must have the independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment.  Independent study in a specific field. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours, provided the subject matter differs each time.

HIS 860:  Readings in American History: ______ (3) A
Seminar on selected developments in American history. May be retaken to a maximum of nine hours, provided the subject matter differs each time.

HIS 861:  Readings in European History: ______ (3) A
Seminar on selected developments in uropean history. May be retaken to a maximum of nine hours, provided the subject matter differs  each time.

HIS 862:  Readings in Asian/African History: ______ (3) A
Seminar on selected developments in Asian or African history. May be retaken to a maximum of nine hours, provided subject matter differs each time.

HIS 863:  Readings in Latin America History: ______ (3) A
Seminar on selected developments in Latin American history. May be retaken to a maximum of nine hours, provided subject matter  differs each time.

HIS 864:  Comparative History: ______ (3) A
Seminar on issues in comparative history. May be retaken to a maximum of nine hours, provided the subject matter differs each time.

HIS 865:  Conceptualizing History: ______ (3) A
Analysis of recent trends in the teaching and conceptualizing of world history, western civilization, and/or U.S. History. May be retaken to a maximum of nine hours, provided the subject matter differs each time.

HIS 899:  Thesis (3-6) A
May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours.

HIS 899C:  Thesis Continuation (3-9) I, II
Prerequisite: departmental approval. Continuation of research leading to thesis as directed by the chair of the thesis committee. Student  must already have registered for six hours of HIS 899. May not be used to satisfy degree program requirement.

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