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Fall 2018
Sep 17, 2021
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HIST 352 - Topic:Env hist of the Americas
This number will be used for seminars devoted to specific subjects in the area of Latin American history. Students may take more than one of the courses offered under this number. Each course will be announced in the course schedule and receive its own sub-title.
In Fall 2018 the following course is offered:
HIST 352-01: Topic: Environmental History of the Americas. This seminar aims to introduce students to a new environmental history of the Americas. For too long, the history of the Western Hemisphere has been told and retold from the perspective of the present-day looking backwards—our knowledge that the “New World” would eventually be divided up into a collection of unequal nation-states has fundamentally shaped (or mis-shaped) our understanding of that long historical process. This is where an environmental perspective becomes so useful. By re-centering our focus on the mutual relations between human beings and the rest of nature, we can begin to shed some of the historical baggage that has limited our understanding of the past. This course seeks to offer a big-picture, transnational perspective on the environmental history of the Americas, from around 1500 CE to the present. Of course, we cannot cover everything that ever happened over 500 years in the span of a single semester. Instead, we will focus on some of the most significant points of intersection and integration—from the arrival of Europeans and the profound consequences it had for indigenous populations and local landscapes; to the development of industrial capitalism and the ecological conditions which sustained (or thwarted) those booming industries; and finally, to the rapid population growth, increasing urbanization, and dramatically changing climate that has come to define our modern era. All along the way, we will examine just how significantly the environment has served as an integrating force in shaping the human history of the Americas.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

History Department

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