History 101.08

Spring 2010
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TuTh 3:30-5

This research seminar is focused on the modern history of Latin America. Students will write a 30- to 50-page paper on some aspect of the social, cultural, political, or economic history of Latin America after 1800. The seminar is open in terms of topics and country of focus. All that is required is to ask interesting questions, pursue the answers rigorously, and make the most use possible (given availability and language skills) of sources in Spanish and Portuguese. The libraries here, especially the Bancroft Library, have an extraordinary collection of material. Starting with your broad interests, you will track down primary materials to work with, examine them in light of prior scholarship, probe them with significant questions of your own, and over a series of drafts, produce
a solid and compelling piece of scholarly research.

This will be hard work. But if you start strong and work steadily, it will also be a rich and rewarding experience. A key part of starting strong is narrowing your topic and identifying your source materials as soon as you can. Everyone signing up for this seminar is therefore required to meet with the instructor (or correspond, if you are not on campus) well before the beginning of spring semester, and hopefully prior to 15 November. Send an email to mark.healey@berkeley.edu or sign up for office hours (Thursdays, 2-4, in the fall).