History 101.011

Spring 2008
Instructor (text): 
104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MWF 1-2

This course takes a transnational and cross-cultural approach to Latin American history. Rather than focus exclusively on the centers of power and jurisdiction, students will examine the numerous edges and all that traversed official boundaries. This included people (i.e., immigrant groups, slaves, diplomats), things (i.e., primary products, manufactured goods), ideas (i.e., religions, social movements), and power (i.e., imperialism, warfare). Latin America's long and important colonial relationship with Europe will not overshadow the region's numerous links with Africa, Asia and its increasingly powerful neighbors to the north. Class material consists of primary and secondary texts, historiography, literature, iconography and film. Each student will help shape the course, pursue individual interests, teach and learn from peers, and create the ideal conditions to write a substantial history thesis paper.