HIST 200 C - Intro Hist Interpretation
Through the careful examination of a specific topic or theme, this course provides a thorough introduction to historical interpretation. Particular attention will be devoted to research strategies, writing practices, handling primary and secondary sources, and the analysis of historiography. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Class Schedule Information: Topics will be listed in the department's course guide at http://www.history.illinois.edu.
Title: The Atlantic World: Slavery, Disease, and Society Topic: This course examines the methods historians use to understand the economic, environmental, and human costs associated with the Atlantic slave system from 1600s to the 1800s. We will focus on how slavery, war, and disease contributed to the development and settlement of North and South America and the West Indies. We will examine how contact between Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans contributed to the development of gendered and racialized identities, and how those identities influenced definitions of health and sickness in the Atlantic World. Moreover, we will examine how experiences with epidemic diseases and the unfamiliar climates of the Americas influenced labor and settlement patterns, as well as conquest and commerce. Students will learn how to craft and critique historical arguments by interpreting historical evidence, framing research questions, and presenting their ideas. This course includes one weekly
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Course Level: Undergraduate