Latin America

103E.003 Fall 2006 Cultural History of Modern Latin America

What is cultural history and how can our study of modern Latin America be a critical appraisal of often unexamined aspects of everyday life?

103E.002 Fall 2006 Banditry and Feuding Across Two Continents

This seminar examines banditry and feuding in a comparative perspective focused on Latin America and the United States. It seeks to answer questions about what caused banditry and how bandits were perceived by their contemporaries by studying the careers and the legends of a number of famous bandits, such as Brazil's Antâˆ_Â¥nio Silvino, America's Jesse James, and Mexico's Pancho Villa. The related phenomenon of feuding will also occupy our attention, but we will devote time to a case study of America's most celebrated feud, between the Hatfields and the McCoys.

103E.002 Spring 2006 Slavery and Abolition in the Americas

We will examine the history of African slavery comparatively, with reference to Spanish, Portuguese and English America. Attention will be paid to African backgrounds, the Atlantic slave trade, resistance and rebellion, free populations of color within slave societies, and gradual emancipation and abolition. Important attention will be paid to how the African Diaspora produced a creolization of culture in collaboration with European and Native American populations.

101.019 Spring 2006 Latin America in the Atlantic

This research seminar will give students the opportunity to explore themes and problems in the connection of Latin America with the Atlantic world from the beginning of that contact in 1492 to the nineteenth century. The integration of this region of the world into Atlantic networks, its role in shaping them and the impact of these interactions on the continent will be explored in the first weeks through readings that we will discuss as a group. The themes we will explore together will include trade, politics, society, environment and culture.

101.009 Spring 2006 Mexico

UC-Berkeley is home to one of the world?s great research libraries for Mexican history. In addition to deep and varied collections of manuscripts and pictorial materials dating from the sixteenth century to the twentieth century, The Bancroft Library librarians have built an extensive collection of rare books and supporting materials: microfilm of original materials from archives and libraries around the world; and an up-to-date collection of published primary sources, bibliographical materials, and secondary works.

280E.002 Fall 2005 Popular Culture in Latin America

What is popular culture? In Latin America? How can popular culture best be studied from a historical perspective? What are the important questions to be asked? What are the best sources for the historian to use in studying popular culture? And what are their limitations as well as their advantages? How does history draw creatively on complementary disciplines for both theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of popular culture?

280E.001 Fall 2005 Chile and Argentina in the Twentieth Century

This seminar focuses on key themes in the recent historiography of Chile and Argentina. Our central interest will be in citizenship, nationalism, and state formation, viewed as both state projects and important spaces of contestation. Our core readings range across the century, but cluster particularly around the post-WW II period. Indeed, the conceptual starting point of the class is the political juncture of the mid-1970s: our attempt to understand the parallel experiences of mobilization and repression in those years will draw us back into the history of the century.

8B Fall 2005 Modern Latin America

This introductory course surveys the history of modern Latin America from independence to the present, with a strong emphasis on the twentieth century. Our focus will be on broad transformations in place, politics, identity, and work. The course will be built around comparative case studies of seven countries, chosen to reflect the diverse social geographies of the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala and Mexico.


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