CAAS 558 - Seminar in Black World Studies
Section: 002 Caribbean History
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing or permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

For five centuries, the Caribbean has stood at a crucial crossroads in the unfolding history of the Americas, Europe, and the African diaspora, possessing an importance for world history disproportionate to its size. That importance is derived in part from the region's geopolitical and economic significance and hence centuries of colonial and imperialist domination, from extensive migration into, out of, and within the region connecting it to most major areas of the globe, and from its resultant extraordinary racial and ethnic complexity. The region's importance is also derived from its dramatic historical transformations, including the sudden, nearly complete destruction of its large indigenous population, the rapid expansion of plantation agriculture and importation of millions of enslaved Africans, the subsequent waning and overthrow of these systems, the profound global implications of the Haitian and Cuban revolutions, and the rise and fall of long, infamous dictatorships. These radical disjunctures make the Caribbean an ideal place from which to explore many of the central themes and contradictions of modern history: slavery and freedom, colonialism and independence, despotism and revolution, racial hierarchy and political equality, nationalism and transnationalism, and migration and creolization. In this course, we will examine historical literature treating these themes in the Caribbean with a focus on the Greater Antilles (Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica).

Students may take this class either as a History reading seminar (698), a History research seminar (796), or as a CAAS course (558).

CAAS 558 - Seminar in Black World Studies
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001 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
1Graduate Standing
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section 002: Meets w/ History 698.001 Caribbean History
003 (SEM)
6Graduate Standing
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 003: Meets with Anthro. 558.
004 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 004: Meets with NRE 501.055
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