The US and Latin America: Transnational Histories, Global Connections
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NHIS 3247
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Social Sciences
- Global Studies
This course is intended as a topical introduction to Latin American history through the study of the region’s relations with the United States, but also as a new form of approaching global history through the study of flows and interactions between states and peoples. The objective of the course is to gain familiarity with new trends in U.S. and Latin American historiography that emphasize the importance of “transnational contact zones” for understanding social and political processes in the continent, and therefore putting into question any rigid or over-deterministic notion of empire as political formation. The course will rely on materials and sources such as The Monroe Doctrine, Simón Bolívar’s “Jamaica Letters” and Jose Enrique Rodó’s “Ariel” as decisive turning-points in the creation of the divide between Anglo and Latin America. Through the use of primary and secondary texts, as well as film and other visual media, the course will also tackle other important moments and processes in this complicated relationship such as U.S. intervention in Central America and the Caribbean, the Cuban Revolution, U.S. support for counter-insurgency initiatives, as well as Latin America’s contributions to American society through labor, culture and migration.
Open to Undergraduate students.