HIST 1986

HIST 1986

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021. Courses of Study 2021-2022 is scheduled to publish by July 1.

This course provides an overview of disastrous attempts at colonization in the Americas from ca. 1500 through ca. 1760. Over thirteen weeks, we will engage with the question of why some attempts at colonization failed and why some succeeded. We will also explore other early modern failures, from bankrupt monopoly trade companies to ill-fated buccaneer communities and entire cities destroyed by earthquakes and hurricanes. Exploring failures, rather than successes, will help students understand the contingent process of colonial expansion as well as the roles of Indigenous dispossession, African slavery, and inter-imperial trade networks to the success or failure of early modern colonies. Over the course of the semester, my lectures will cover broad themes in failed enterprises, while students will read several monographs and primary-source collections on specific disasters. Some central questions include: Why did some colonies fail and other thrived? What role did social factors like gender, race, and class play in colonial failures? What can we learn about colonialism and imperialism through a focus on when those processes ended in disasters?

When Offered Fall.

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

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17499HIST 1986  LEC 001

    • TRTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Schmitt, C

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 17500HIST 1986  DIS 201

    • FTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 17501HIST 1986  DIS 202

    • FTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 17882HIST 1986  DIS 203

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 17883HIST 1986  DIS 204

    • FTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 17884HIST 1986  DIS 205

    • FTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: In Person