Latin America

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 b

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.

275E.001 Fall 2016 Survey: Latin American History

This seminar is a survey of colonial Latin American and Caribbean history, which combines classic debates with new lines of inquiry inspired by the overlapping field of Atlantic history.  This course will introduce students to major themes and historiographical approaches through a combination of canonical works and some of the most recent scholarship in the field.  Our approach is designed both to build core knowledge and provide inspiration about new directions for future

103E.002 Fall 2016 Inequalities in the Americas (Proseminar in Latin American History)

A common theme since the late nineteenth century has been the persistence of inequalities. Across the globe, workers, women, peasants, racial and religious minorities, governments, and so forth, wrestled with various forms of inequality. How did these different social actors address them? Were the grievances of workers in, say, Buenos Aires and Mexico City comparable to those in Chicago or Manchester? Was being black different in Brazil, Cuba, or the U.S. during the 1950s? Were some governments more successful at redressing inequalities than others?

103E.001 Fall 2016 In and Out of Latin America: From a Region of Immigrants to a Region of Emigrants (Proseminar in Latin America History)

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, millions of Asian and European migrants left their home communities and settled in Latin America.  But during the second half of the twentieth century, millions of Latin Americans left the region and migrated elsewhere.  This reading seminar will examine the early migratory flows to Latin America and the later flows out of the region.  Readings during the first half of the course will focus on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, specifically immigrant societies in Latin Amer

100E.002 Fall 2016 Special Topics in Latin American History: Cuba in World History

This course surveys Cuban history, culture, and politics from the fifteenth century to the present.  We will examine both the outsized role the island has played in world history and the dramatic ways world history has refracted through the island’s turbulent past.  Over this long timespan, Cuba has had relationships of colonial status with Spain, a client role with the United States, and dependency with the Soviet Union.  Today it stands at the precipice of a new post-Cold War relationship with the United States.  Throughout its histo

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