From Cultural Encounters to Covert Ops: Approaches to Latin American Relations with the United States

History 103E.002

Spring 2016
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
M 400-0600

In this seminar, students will examine the history and historiography of Latin American relations with the “Colossus of the North” over the twentieth century. We will consider both traditional lenses for viewing this relationship, such as policy, political economy, and intervention, in addition to newer “transnational” approaches, including work on migration, diaspora, pop culture, public health, and tourism. During the first third of the course, students will gain an understanding of the major historiographical trends in the scholarship. During the rest of the semester, students will survey new work in the field to dive more deeply into recent trends. This broader focus on secondary literature will be complemented by in-class analysis of primary sources. Assignments include weekly written responses, one in-class presentation and a final paper.

Course Books

Buying into the Regime: Grapes and Consumption in Cold War Chile and the United States by Heidi Tinsman Duke University Press. ISBN: 978-0822355359 Required
Political Policing: The United States and Latin America by Martha K. Huggins Duke University Press. ISBN: 978-0822321729 Required
Secret History: The CIA’s Classified Account of Its Operations in Guatemala 1952-1954 2nd Edition by Nick Cullather Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804754682 Required
Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign against the Germans of Latin America in World War II by Max Paul Friedman Cambridge University Press . ISBN: 978-0521675352 Required
The Business of Empire: United Fruit, Race, and U.S. Expansion in Central America by Jason M. Colby Cornell University Press. ISBN: 978-0801478994 Required
Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow by Frank Andre Guridy UNC Press. ISBN: 978-0807871034 Required
Contested Communities: Class, Gender, and Politics in Chile’s El Teniente Copper Mine, 1904-1951 by Thomas Miller Klubock Duke University Press. ISBN: 978-0822320920 Required