Transnational Approaches to Understanding Latin Americaâ€_Äôs Relationship with the West

History 280E.001

Spring 2009
2227 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Mon 2-4

This course begins with a survey of older approaches to Latin America's historical relationship with the U.S. and Europe, including traditional diplomatic history but focusing particularly on dependency theory. This will occupy the first 3-4 weeks of the class. The rest of the class is devoted to reading in the newer ";transnational"; literature on Latin America. The expectation is that we will explore the strengths and weaknesses of this approach for understanding Latin American history. Examples of books we will read in common are Brian DeLay War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War (2008); Jana Lipman, Guantâˆ_°namo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution (2008); Max Friedman, Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign Against the Germans of Latin America in World War II (2005); Michel Gobat, Confronting the American Dream : Nicaragua under U.S. Imperial Rule (2005); John Soluri, Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States (2006).