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History (HIST)

HIST 572 Race and Empire in the Americas, Caribbean & Pacific (3) An overview of the US as an empire in Latin America, the Caribbean and Pacific in the modern era.

HIST 572 Race and Empire in the Americas, Caribbean & Pacific (3)

This course exposes students to history and historiography of the US empire in the Caribbean and the Pacific in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It examines imperial transitions including the US emergence as an empire in the mid-nineteenth-century in the face of Spanish contraction and British expansion. In addition, the seminar will examine the practices of empire in the colonies from the perspectives of colonial peoples. It privileges the lens of Caribbean and Pacific peoples through the historical literature that examines the intentions and limits of US colonial practices. It covers how colonial responses to US imperialism were varied, ranging from radical nationalism, colonial autonomism, and annexation. It frames the expansion of US empire within a broader conversation about racial ideologies and practices.

The course provides a broad exploration of the history of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism in the Caribbean and the Pacific. In particular, it investigates the emergence of the US as an empire in the regions. Modern US empire was efficient and malleable. It adjusted colonial policies (legislation) according to the particular value of each colony. The course specifically examines the emergence and practices of US empire from the perspective of the colonies. Therefore, it focuses on the historiography that examines the limitations of empire and the negotiations of colonial peoples from Caribbean and Pacific histories. In particular, the course investigates US empire and colonial engagement through these major topics: imperial transitions; police, prisons, and law enforcement; education; race and imperial identities; imperial medicine and public health; polity, law, and constitution; U.S. military; and environmental management. Students will recognize, identify, and apply the theories of imperialism and nation-building to Caribbean and Pacific examples. More broadly these theories will engage comparatively with other European imperial histories. This course fulfills the requirements of a topical seminar for the Latin American history and Nineteenth-Century US history programs of study.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2012

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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