Since it is a Ph.D.-level seminar, most of the sessions will be based on discussion. This means that it is vital that all students be prepared for every class. Every student will be assigned a book or a number of articles, which he/she will summarize and evaluate briefly in class. Each student needs to focus on what the main argument(s) of each work are and present that in approximately 7 minutes. The books all belong to the same weekly theme and the class will see how the debates on that theme have developed over time in the scholarly disputation that occurs in historical debates. Some of the reading will be in Spanish, Portuguese, French, or German and knowledge of at least one or two of these languages is desirable.
The assumption is that all students in the class have some knowledge of Latin American history. If you feel you have insufficient knowledge of a particular time of place, please contact me for additional readings.
Requirements There will be three required book reviews, plus a final paper. The book reviews will consist of a brief critical summary of the book in question and an evaluation of its place in the literature. The ideal length is 3-5 pages (double spaced), no more than 1,500 words. (I am presently Book Review Editor of Hispanic American Historical Review and I generally give reviewers only 800 words.) The final paper will address the historiography of one particular theme within course parameters. Students will discuss with the instructor the theme they have picked and present a short rationale for the paper. In addition to justifying the significance of the theme, the rationale must include a summary of the issues to be discussed and the books and articles that will be incorporated. Due dates are noted in the Schedule of Classes.
There is only one required book for this class. Please purchase the following book at the Georgetown Bookstore or wherever you purchase your books:
Brooke Larson, Trials of Nation Making: Liberalism, Race, and Ethnicity in the Andes, 1810-1910 For overviews of Latin American history, especially concerning indigenous peoples, I recommend:
Peter Bakewell, History of Latin America: Empires and Sequels 1450-1930
Frank Salomon & Stuart Schwartz, eds., The Cambridge History of Native Peoples of the Americas Vol. III: South America
Also, relevant articles in Ethnohistory, though often very specialized, are good sources for indigenous history.