Frontier History

History 100U.003

Spring 2014
3205 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MWF 9-10A
From Hadrian's Wall and the Roman limites, to the American West in the 19th c., to contemporary Chinese jurisdictional claims in the South China Sea, borders and frontiers are universal phenomena best understood from a broadly comparative perspective. On the basis of case examples from all regions and time periods, this course will explore a variety of related topics: territorialization as a historical process; frontier law; the conflicting military and political needs on the frontier; representations of the frontier in literature; the nature of borderland societies; theories and approaches used historically to legitimate boundaries and territorial claims (from natural border theories to modern international law); etc. Course requirements: occasional quizzes (to encourage keeping up with readings & lectures), as well as weekly assignments and presentations that build up to a final project/paper organized around a specific case study. Group collaboration will be encouraged. We will have discussions on Fridays..

Course Books

Origins of Nationalism by Hirschi, Caspar Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9780521747905 Required