2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

HIST 41903 History of Cuba

This class will examine Cuban history, from pre-Hispanic times to the present. Major themes will include the evolution of Spanish colonial rule, sugar and the rise of African slavery, the wars of independence, and the role of U.S. interventionism. Special emphasis will be placed on the Cuban Revolution and the causes and results of this historical process. How did Fidel Castro manage to take power, and what have been the most significant effects of his regime? A second major goal of HIST 41903 is to improve students' writing and critical thinking skills. Students will be required to develop theses and to defend their positions using evidence from their readings, lectures, and their own research. Analysis and argument will be the central elements of the course. (LA)