Latin America

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.

140B Spring 2014 Modern Mexico

This course provides a general, critical introduction to the history of Mexico from the end of the colonial period to the present. Students interested in Mexican problems and issues will come away with a deeper understanding of how present-day Mexico came to be. Rather than a chronological summation of events and great leaders, emphasis will be placed upon certain themes and trends with respect to economic, social and cultural development and change.

101.006 Spring 2014 Research Topics in Latin American History

This course is the research seminar for all students working on topics in Latin American history. This course will support students to write a 101 thesis, from the early stages of identifying a research topic and formulating a plan to the writing of the paper itself. Early class sessions will focus on using library resources, such as the Bancroft collections, while later sessions will operate as a workshop for improving thesis drafts.

103E.002 Spring 2014 Artists, Intellectuals, and Social Change in Latin America

Latin American history has featured horrific dictatorships and turbulent revolutions.  In spite of this instability, or perhaps because of it, the region has also consistently produced one first-class export: the work of its artists, writers, and intellectuals.  This course looks at the myth and reality of Latin American intellectuals—often said to be more influential politically than in any other region of the world—over the course of the region’s history.  How have Latin American artists and writers used their cultural production to expose injustice?

103E.003 Spring 2014 Mexican Popular Culture

This course will examine Mexico’s rich cultural history, focusing on the period after Independence but with some attention paid to the colonial antecedents of cultural production. We will begin with a general overview of what cultural history is, as well as a consideration of the concept of “popular culture” as an indicator of societal attitudes.

103E.002 Fall 2013 Latin American Revolutions: Causes, Consequences, Myths and Memories

This course will examine the causes, consequences, and legacies of Latin America’s major revolutions of the twentieth century. It will focus on the violent social revolutions of Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua, as well as equally important experiments in social change in Guatemala, Chile, and contemporary Venezuela. We will use scholarship from history and political science to put these revolutions in comparative perspective, and use more personal reflections made through memoirs and film to examine their effects on people who experienced them.


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