HIST 2664

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

Many Americans envision the colonial period as a relatively quaint and benign time dominated by Pocahontas, the Pilgrims, and provinciality.  Pairing the term "colonial" with "America" also tends to render the nearly-three centuries between Europeans' arrival in the western hemisphere and the Declaration of Independence as the prehistory of the United States when in fact multiple colonial regimes existed in North America at any time prior to 1776.  This course investigates the rich, complex, and violent history of early America with the objective of a fresh appreciation of its "colonial" aspects – natural resource extraction, territorial expropriation and displacement of indigenous peoples, exploitation of enslaved labor, and the imposition of juridical authority over "settled" spaces – with an eye toward a better understanding of the larger patterns of domination (however incomplete) in which the emergent international state system and global capitalism creating imbalances of wealth and power that persist to this day.  In addition to exploration of familiar sites like the thirteen Anglo-American colonies, the course will venture into less well-known areas (including those outside contemporary national American boundaries) to enhance students' appreciation of the diversity of human in experience in early America via comparative analysis.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS)
Course Subfield (HPE)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AMST 2664

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16634HIST 2664  LEC 001

  • 16635HIST 2664  DIS 201

  • 16636HIST 2664  DIS 202

  • 16637HIST 2664  DIS 203

  • 16638HIST 2664  DIS 204