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Charles W Bergquist
HSTAA 582
Seattle Campus

Latin American History: National Period

Class description

This is a "field" course, designed to provide graduate students, in history and other disciplines, with a working knowledge of the literature on Latin American history, 1800 to the present. For students interested in comparative labor history, the course can be tailored to emphasize Latin American labor history. Advanced undergraduates, particularly those planning graduate work in Latin American or labor studies, may also find the course useful. The course emphasizes literature in English, and introduces students to the tools needed to explore the vast material in Spanish and Portuguese and other languages. It emphasizes comparison and focuses on theoretical and interpretive issues that have preoccupied Latin Americanists in recent decades. Although it includes coverage of Brazil, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (areas covered more extensively at the UW in courses taught by Professor Alden and Gil), the course emphasizes the history of the major Spanish-speaking countries of South America. Preparation

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Students should have already done a significant amount of undergraduate or graduate work in history and/or Latin American studies.

Class assignments and grading

Students are asked to construct, in consultation with the instructor, a list of nine books to read and review during the quarter, one for each week following the first meeting of the class. The reviews, of about 500 words each, are to be duplicated and distributed in advance to class participants.

Reviews, each 10% Participation 10%


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 Stefanie M Starkovich
Date: 11/16/2001