HIS 350L • History of the Caribbean-W
This course provides uses documentaries, film, lectures and readings to provide an overview of Caribbean history from 1492 to the present. The prominent theme will be to explore how the dynamic among differing conquerors, natives, and slaves forged the distinctive Caribbean nations of the present with their Spanish, British, French, Dutch, Danish and United States cultural heritages. The focus throughout will be to measure the extent to which these distinctive cultural and colonial heritages shaped historical development. Topical themes include: contact between European and native cultures, piracy, the impact of sugar and slavery, colonialism, de-colonization, the impact of the U.S. as a Caribbean power (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands), Caribbean revolutions (Cuba, Grenada), the Caribbean in the 21st Century.
Grades will be based on: Take Home Midterm 25 Percent Take Home Final 25 Percent Discussion 25 Percent Student Portfolio 25 Percent
Jan Rogozinski, A Brief History of the Caribbean, New York: Meridian, 2000 Each week 50-100pp of primary and secondary source readings will be posted on Blackboard