Across Borders: United States and Latin American Relations during the 20th Century

History R1B.003

Fall 2016
233 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MWF 4-5
  • This course satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement.
  • This course does not count for credit toward the History Major but may fulfill other requirements.
  • This course will look at the dynamics between countries in the Western Hemisphere from the turn of the 19th century to the Free Trade Agreements of the 1990s. Because of their geographic proximity the course will mostly—but not exclusively—discuss themes of the northern part of the hemisphere (Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean). Although some attention will be given to diplomatic and economic relations, the main focus of the course will be the transnational connections between communities and individuals. What perceptions did local and foreign people have of each other? How did they change over time? What interactions did migrants, exiles, artists, businessmen, and tourists have with local communities? How did they adapt to this different environment? Were the communities shaped or changed with these new arrivals? In what ways did different commercial products, cultural practices, and political ideas travel and translate between the different countries? Throughout the semester student will read a broad array of primary and secondary sources that will help them engage critically with these questions and will provide different ways to historicize and contextualize these themes.  The emphasis of the R1B is on reading, analysis, and learning how to write research papers. In addition to discussion of the readings, seminars will include workshops on writing techniques and argumentation strategies.

    Camilo Lund-Montano received his bachelor's degree in History in the National University of Mexico, where he wrote a thesis on the regional dynamics within the Zapatista army during the Mexican Revolution. In 2012, he earned his MA in Historical Studies of the New School for Social Research in New York.  He is currently a PhD candidate here at Berkeley, writing a doctoral dissertation on left wing lawyers who defended radical movements in the United States during the second half of the 20th century.  Mr. Lund-Montano's main areas of focus are social movements, US and Latin American relations, transnational networks, and politics of solidarity.