Latin America

101.018 Spring 2015 Research Topics in Latin America

This seminar will guide you through the process of elaborating an original thesis. It will function as a workshop for projects on Spanish and Portuguese Latin America, as well as the French and Spanish Caribbean. I will help you finding and interpreting historical sources in English and romance languages, and seeking external advice if necessary to work with other languages and disciplines.

103E Spring 2015 Latin America in the Age of Mass Politics

Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, mass political – often referred to as “populist” – governments emerged in much of Latin America.  These governments were marked by the incorporation of previously politically marginalized groups, such as rural agricultural workers and unionized urban industrial laborers, into ruling coalitions, a move away from the liberal export economic model of the nineteenth century, and the promotion of new forms of cultural nationalism.

103E.003 Fall 2014 The Question of Progress in Latin American History

Progress has always been a puzzle in Latin America’s history: a challenge for intellectual and political elites, an elusive dream for ordinary Latin Americans, and the cause of new challenges and problems wherever it did take place. For historians, progress used to represent the very sense of universal history, a narrative that sneaked into current visions of “Western modernity” and “globalization.” What has “progress” meant particularly for Latin Americans? What is, for instance, the meaning of “progress” in the Brazilian flag?

103E.002 Fall 2014 Slavery, War, and Revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean

This course will examine a century of warfare, revolution, and rebellion in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries.  Within 100 years, two institutions crucial to the settlement of the Americas—imperial rule and African slavery—had been largely destroyed.  How did this come to be?  What was the relationship between the struggles for personal and political emancipation?  How have the forces of anticolonialism, antislavery, and antiracism converged and conflicted in the Latin American and Caribbean past?

146 Fall 2014 Latin American Women

This course works on two tracks. The first track is that of “women’s history.” Here we will survey the experiences and impact of women in Latin America from the pre-conquest period to the present, using the tools of social and political history. Some themes that will be addressed are: how did indigenous women’s lives change as a result of the conquest? What was the role of African American women in Latin American slave societies? Was the “patriarchal family” the dominant form of social organization or was patriarchy primarily important as an ideology?

8B Fall 2014 Modern Latin America

This survey of Modern Latin America introduces students to the making of the region that came to be known as "Latin America," to its diverse peoples, and to their experience of modernity during the past two centuries. The course will focus on the region as a whole, and will explain both how modern Latin American nations came to be, and how social relations operated within and across the

100E.001 Spring 2014 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.

280E/285E.001 Spring 2014 The Atlantic World

This seminar offers a selective introduction to recent literature on the history of the Atlantic world, c. 1400-1888.  We will explore the linked histories between and among the various “Atlantic worlds” scholars have identified operating in this vast region, ranging from Europe and West Africa to North and South America and the Caribbean.

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