CAAS 305 - Histories of the Modern Caribbean
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Situated at the historical crossroads of Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, the Caribbean has played a pivotal role in global transformations since 1492. The region’s past illuminates and helped shape many of the central themes and contradictions of modern history: slavery and freedom, racism and equality, (neo-)colonialism and independence, despotism and democracy, and migration and transnationalism. This course will explore these themes, which cut across the various empires, nations, and cultures composing the region.

The course does not attempt to provide a complete historical survey of the dozens of nations of the Caribbean. Nor does it always proceed chronologically, given that the major transformations defining Caribbean history — such as the rise and fall of slave plantation societies and struggles for national independence — occurred in different nations during different epochs, even during different centuries. Rather, focusing on the Greater Antilles — on Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and especially Haiti and Cuba — we will explore major world historical forces that both constituted and also were constituted by developments in this region from the Haitian revolution to the present.

The course is interdisciplinary, using film, literature, and personal testimony in addition to historical works. It is structured around active class discussion. Grading will be based on participation and several short papers on assigned readings.

CAAS 305 - Histories of the Modern Caribbean
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001 (LEC)
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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