History 280U

Fall 2011
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tu 2-4P

This reading seminar will introduce students to important historical work on borderlands regions, defined as zones of interaction between independent polities. About half of the readings will explore the U.S.-Mexican borderlands (from the early colonial era to the present). The other half will concern borderlands in other world regions including western and central Europe, Russia, sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Indonesia, Australia, and China. Throughout we will be mindful of conceptual issues surrounding the study of borderlands -- definitions, processes, borderland typologies and comparative frameworks that might illuminate the study of places with multiple and contending political and legal traditions. In addition to regular attendance and informed, energetic participation, students will be required to submit three brief papers on the readings and a 15-20 page historiographic essay at the end of the term.