North American Borderlands

History 280U.008

Spring 2015
Section: 
008
Instructor: 
Location: 
332 Giannini
Day & Time: 
W 2-4P
CCN: 
40155
Units: 
4
  • Note new room.
  • This reading seminar will introduce students to important historical work on North American borderlands regions, defined as regions where people interact across independent legal and political regimes. Put differently, borderlands are zones of plural sovereignty. Readings will include work on native polities and empires in colonial-era borderlands; borderlands and the rise of nation-state projects in the nineteenth century; and key problems in the US-Mexican and US-Canadian borderlands in the twentieth century. To sharpen our conversations, we will make occasional forays into key conceptual and comparative works that transcend the North American context. Most weeks we will discuss a monograph in common as well as an article or two.