History 101.008

Spring 2008
Instructor (text): 
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 9:30-11

UC-Berkeley is home to one of the world's great research libraries for Mexican history. In addition to deep and varied collections of manuscripts and pictorial materials dating from the sixteenth century to the twentieth century, The Bancroft Library librarians have built an extensive collection of rare books and supporting materials: microfilm of original materials from archives and libraries around the world; and an up-to-date collection of published primary sources, bibliographical materials, and secondary works.

This 101 section offers an opportunity for students with a basic reading knowledge of Spanish and an interest in Latin American history to build a modest, well-contextualized research project in Mexican history from some of these materials. There are many possibilities for good research projects. The Bancroft collections are particularly rich for the colonial period (16th-18th centuries), but the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are amply represented, too, and there are several interesting manuscript sources for Central America and Peru, as well. Students who plan to enroll in this 101 section must consult the instructor with a proposal for research before the end of the fall semester. The challenge is to connect your broad interests and abilities with primary sources that you can master, situate, and interpret in a semester of sustained research and writing. Proposals for research in other areas of Latin American history and religious studies will be considered.