Recent Works on Modern Mexico in Historiographical Perspective

History 280E.002

Fall 2010
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
M 2-4P

The common reading in this course consists of recently-published books or articles that are either very good, representing current approaches to the period from independence to the 1970s, or newly-published books the professor would like to read (in the hopes that they, too, are good books). For most class sessions, there will be supplementary reading on reserve that will represent the some of the ";historiographical background"; to the week's common reading. ";Historiography"; means in part the classic works by Mexican and U.S. scholars from the nineteenth century through the 1950s. ";Historiography"; will also be taken to mean books published in the 1960s or 1970s, such as Nora Hamilton's interpretation of the Câˆ_°rdenas period, quite different in approach from that of the newer works on Cardenismo. You will not be asked to read this material closely, just get a feel for it. The professor will generally pontificate for 20 minutes or so at the beginning of each class on the readings on reserve and on the general historiographical context into which the week's readings fit. The course is thus ideally suited to preparing an orals field in modern Mexico. Students will be expected to write two 7-10 page papers on a historiographical question of their choosing. They will also lead the discussion the week that their chosen question comes up.