History 101.01

Fall 2007
Instructor (text): 
321 Haviland
Day & Time: 
MWF 10-11
Beatrice Gurwitz is 4th year history graduate student focusing on 20th century political and cultural history in Argentina. While her background is mostly in modern Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean and Mexican history, students are welcome to write on any country.

Latin American states, nations, and cultures have developed in dynamic relationship with each other since independence from Spain and Portugal in the 19th century. For example, the state and political actors have crafted different ideas of nation at different moments, using various cultural media to promote and diffuse their ideas. Those marginal to dominant ideas of the nation -- women, lower classes, Indigenous peoples, among others -- have also used cultural media as tools to seek inclusion and/or redefine national identity. In the first few weeks, we will discuss how historians have grappled with these and other themes and the kinds of sources they have used to do so. Overall, these initial sessions will help students develop research strategies and methods. They will then be expected to write an extensive research paper (35-50 pages) on a topic of their choosing relating loosely to these themes.

Please note, the class is also open to students interested in studying the colonial period and other themes on Latin America if they have already begun research. All students should consider topics for research and become familiar with the 101 Manual before class begins. Reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is helpful, but not critically necessary.