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History of the Caribbean

Map of the West Indies from 1771 exhibiting the English, French, Spanish, Dutch & Danish settlements
Jefferys, Thomas, -1771. The West Indies exhibiting the English, French, Spanish, Dutch & Danish settlements. [London, Printed for T. Jefferys, 1760] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division -

The Caribbean has long been a place of interactions between cultures and communities, a site where global processes intersect, and where ideas and traditions merge and evolve. This course will explore these themes and more from the 15th to 20th centuries, engaging with topics including early European contact with indigenous populations, the establishment of plantation systems and societies, transatlantic slavery, resistance and rebellion, American intervention, postcolonial movements and globalization. This is a full year core seminar course on Caribbean history designed as a comprehensive introduction for second year students. In the fall term, we will concentrate on the major events and processes of Caribbean history in a chronological fashion within the boundaries of the Caribbean geographical space, but also consider its transnational and global dimensions. In the winter term, we will take a thematic approach in order to deepen our understanding of the region, including perspectives on race, gender, and identity in Caribbean history. We will also consider popular culture, cultural transactions with the wider world, and intellectual networks with a global scope. The course will provide a thorough understanding of the methods and sources of history as an academic discipline and prepare second year students for advanced seminar courses. We will examine the various sources of Caribbean history, including primary documents, multimedia resources, and digital repositories, and engage in discussions on methodology, modes of reading, critical thinking, schools of historiography, and academic writing.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.