HST 670E / Borderlands and Frontiers (Spring 2016)

The concepts of frontiers and borderlands—as historical subjects of study as well as methods of analysis—have challenged notions of state domination, national belonging, and linear, triumphalist histories. This graduate seminar examines the ways that historians past and present have represented this history in various parts of the world, with an emphasis on American regions, broadly defined. This seminar will familiarize students with a growing body of historiographical literature, which traces the emergence of the scholarly field from the early days of Frederick Jackson Turner’s frontier thesis to today’s concepts of transnational and comparative borderlands scholarship.