Frontier History

History 103U.003

Spring 2017
2303 Dwinelle
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T 2-4
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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 seminar will explore a variety of related topics, including: territorialization as a historical process; frontier law; conflicting military and political needs on the frontier; representations of the frontier in literature and the arts; the nature of borderland societies; and theories and approaches used historically to legitimate boundaries and territorial claims (from natural border theories to modern international law). Because the seminar is partly designed to prepare students to write a senior thesis, we will also discuss research methodologies, techniques of fast reading, etc.

Nicolas Tackett is an Associate Professor in the Department of History.