History | U.S. Interventions and Encounters in Latin America
J400 | 8375 | Gould


Above class open to majors only
Above class open to undergraduates only
J400:  P-HIST-J300

This course will examine the impact of United States interventions
on the Caribbean and Central American societies that experienced
them. In particular, we will discuss the occupations and
interventions in Cuba 1898-1934 and 1961, Nicaragua 1912-1934 and
1981-1990, the Dominican Republic, 1916-1924 and 1965, Haiti 1915-
1934 (and the 1990s), and British Guiana (1953 and early 1960s).
Most critiques of these interventions emphasize how the US shaped
the politics and economies of the intervened country. Although such
an approach may help us to understand the reasons for these
important United States policy decisions it does not help us to
grasp the long-term consequences for the Caribbean basin societies.
Rather than concentrate on United States policy, this seminar will
analyze how the different social, ethnic, and political groups of
the "host" countries responded to the interventions. The seminar
will then strive to develop a comparative framework for analyzing
the historical development of the region.

REQUIREMENTS: This is a writing intensive seminar: students will be
expected to achieve a reasonable degree of proficiency in writing
expository prose. The quality of prose will thus form part of the
grade on each writing assignment. There will be two short essays and
one major research paper (15-20 pages)