Latin America

103E.001 Spring 2018 Haiti and the Age of Revolutions

The Haitian Revolution has been called the most radical and therefore important assertion of the right to have rights in human history. Though it was intertwined with the American and French Revolutions, it went much further. Between 1791 and 1804, enslaved Africans in the richest colony in the Western hemisphere redefined themselves as persons not property, ended colonial rule, and established a black republic that sought to abolish racial hierarchy. How did this come to be, and why have your teachers taught you so little about it?

101.008 Spring 2018 Latin America, Borderlands, and Indigenous Peoples

This class is primarily designed for students who have made Latin America their area of concentration, while also providing support for students looking to work on borderlands topics, or who wish to study Latin America comparatively. Students will write a 30- to 50-page paper on some aspect of the social, cultural, political, or economic history and class meetings will focus on the process of research and writing, with a significant amount of time spent on the craft of writing, The seminar is open in terms of topics and country of focus.

103E.001 Fall 2017 Race, Gender, and Power: Borderlands in the Americas during the 19th century

The study of borderlands—areas of contested sovereignty where no single social group has political, cultural or economic control—provides insights into a host of topics: national allegiances; racial and ethnic identity; cultural and economic change; the creation and re-creation of class and gender norms; and, above all, insights into power—how it is perceived, deployed and maintained.

103E.002 Fall 2017 From the Old- to the Alt-Right: A Comparative History of Right-Wing Politics Across the Americas

This seminar examines right-wing and conservative politics in Latin America and the United States from the early twentieth century to the present. We will explore different forms of right-wing politics and how they can intersect with religion, political parties, the armed forces, geo-politics, social movements, journalism, and gender identities. In this course, students will be encouraged to consider how the meaning of "the right" has changed over time; how the it compares in different countries; and how right-wing politics have circulated across the Americas.

280E.001 Spring 2017 Recent Works on Modern Mexico

This class covers the period from Mexico's independence wars in 1810 to the 1980s, with some emphasis on the theme of different kinds of "modernizations." What were "modern" politics in 1810? 1856? 1910? 1980? What about "modern" economies or "modern" gender relationships? What was "modern" Catholicism? How did advocates of these kinds of modernizations operate in the political arena?

285E.001 Spring 2017 Latin America

(Note: there is no specific description intended for this course.)

103E.001 Spring 2017 Slavery, Race, and Revolution

This course provides a comparative approach to the long history of slavery in the Atlantic World and the struggle against the institution and its legacies up to the present day.  We will consider the role of slavery in the development of an international system of capitalist exchange, as well as the impact on the lives of those caught within its bonds.  Though comparisons will be made with the United States, the emphasis will be on Latin America and the Caribbean, where more than 10 million Africans were sold into slavery.  How did this come to be

101.009 Spring 2017 Research Topics in Latin America

This research and writing seminar will guide students through the process of completing a senior thesis that focuses on Spanish America (including the Spanish Caribbean), Brazil, or the French Caribbean. We will focus on the viability of research topics, methodology, analysis of primary sources, and historiography. Students are encouraged to contact the professor in advance to discuss possible topics.

140B Fall 2016 Modern Mexico

This course will examine Mexico from 1810 – when the Wars for Independence began – to the present. The course’s central theme will be the numerous attempts to “modernize” Mexican politics, economics, society, and culture in the two centuries since independence.

8A Fall 2016 Becoming Latin America, 1492 to 1824

This class is an introduction to the key trends, people and events that shaped the emergence of Latin America and the Caribbean. Beginning with a brief treatment  of Amerindian societies and cultures prior to 1492 and the earliest encounters  between Europeans and diverse Amerindian peoples, we will consider the mutual  misunderstandings that characterized these early encounters, the subsequent "conquest"  of complex American civilizations, the establishment of colonial rule, and the formation of diverse colonial societies.

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