Landscapes of the Americas: Environments of our Making (Proseminar in the United States)

History 103D.004

Fall 2016
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
F 10-12

How do the spaces and places we inhabit affect our lives? What is the relationship between the environment and politics, culture, and social change? How have struggles over land and space defined the course of history and changed the way we understand our place in the world? This class explores these questions based on major themes in US history as applied to the Americas as a whole, for example: the idea of the frontier; the definition of the border as a political, cultural, economic, and environmental project; water and the politics of hydraulic infrastructure; and the relationship between urban development and hinterland agriculture and resource extraction.


Course Books

The Forbidden Lands: Colonial Identity, Frontier Violence, and the Persistence of Brazil’s Eastern Indians,1750-1830 by Langfur, Hal Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804763387 Required
Bárbaros: Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment by Weber, David J. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300119916 Required
Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border by St. John, Rachel Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691156132 Required
The Frontier in American History by Turner, Frederick Jackson H. Holt and company. ISBN: 978-1502497925 Required
The Legacy of Conquest by Limerick, Patricia Nelson W. W. Norton. ISBN: 978- 0393304978 Required
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Reisner, Marc Penguin Books. ISBN: 978-0140178241 Required
The Lettered City by Rama, Angel Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press. ISBN: 978-0822317661 Required
The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City. by Mundy, Barbara E. Austin: University of Texas Press,. ISBN: 978-0292766563 Required
Dreaming of Dry Land: Environmental Transformation in Colonial Mexico City by Candiani, Vera S Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804788052 Required
Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West by Cronon, William Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. ISBN: 978-0393308730 Required
The Machine in the Garden: The Pastoral Ideal in America by Marx, Leo Oxford. ISBN: 978-0195133516 Required
Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History by Mintz, Sidney Viking. ISBN: 978-0140092332 Required
The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492 by Crosby, Alfred Praeger. ISBN: 978-0275980924 Required