This class is intended to give Ph.D. students who specialize in the history of modern Latin America or who are taking a second or outside field in Latin American history the chance to prepare a colonial orals field. Although the emphasis is on historiography, as a 275 promises, the format will be somewhat different from an ordinary 275. We will “read” one book in common each week, and every other week you will “read” one additional book (we will stagger these additional readings so that half the class is reporting on their book every other week). But you may not spend more than three hours on each book. This is about the pace (2 books a day) that you will need to maintain in order to “read” everything you need to read for your orals. There will be no major written assignments. Instead, each week you will prepare a one page review sheet for each of the books you read. Preparation of these review sheets should be possible in under an hour. Thus the prep for this class should take NO MORE THAN FOUR HOURS ONE WEEK AND EIGHT HOURS THE NEXT WEEK. The format for the review sheets will be standardized, and I will provide a template on the first day of class. Each week I will talk for 10-15 minutes at the beginning of class about the shape of the historiography of which the books for the week are a part. I will leave a big space in the “historiography” part of the review sheet so that there’s room to add extra to your review sheet if something I say makes sense to you.