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Vicente L. Rafael
HIST 530
Seattle Campus

Comparative Colonialisms: Methodological and Conceptual Approaches

Introduces students to the historiography of modern European/American colonialisms, focusing on Africa, Asia, and/or the Americas. Addresses methodological and conceptual issues by examining relationship between capitalism and colonialism; violence and routinization of colonial power; colonial categories of race, ethnicity, class, and gender; and resistance movements and nationalist politics.

Class description

The theme for this year's seminar is the United States empire in comparative perspective. We will read recent works that situate US history in relation to imperial and postcolonial histories--for example, those of Spain, Britain and an emergent "Third World"--around such topics as the ideology of "exceptionalism", slavery and abolition, nationalism and colonialism, and race and immigration.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Weekly readings, discussions.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites. Students must have graduate standing or seek permission of the professor. Primarily for history graduats students, but non-history majors will be considered if space is available.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments include taking responsibility for discussing one or two of the assigned weekly readings, and a seminar paper on a topic to be approved by the professor.

Class participation and written work will be the basis for assigning grades.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Vicente L. Rafael
Date: 10/26/2009