HIS 386K • COMMOD CHAINS: FOOD/OIL/DRUGS
Course Description: This course is designed to expose students to the existing scholarship on Latin American export commodities, including sugar, coffee, bananas, cocao, copper, among others. The class will expose students to recent "commodity chain" scholarship that illuminates previously understudied cross-national circuits of production and consumption. The course will enable students to develop projects that highlight Latin America's nuanced relationship with the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world.
Course Requirements: Active Class Participation 20% Author Report 20% Short Essay 20% Final Essay 40%
Tentative Reading List: Sidney Mintz, Sweetness and Power John Soluri, Banana Cultures Steven Topik, et.al., From Silver to Cocaine David Garcias, Arsenio Rodriguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music William Roseberry, ed., Coffee, Society, and Power in Latin America Miguel Tinker Salas, The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela Michael Casey, Che's Afterlife Coursepack readings