HIS 310K • Latin Amer Civ: Colonial Exper
This course surveys the conquest and colonization of Latin America from pre-Columbian civilizations through the early nineteenth-century movements for independence. The principle objective of the course is to examine the social, economic, political and cultural hierarchies that emerged during the region's pre-colonial and colonial pasts and shaped the lives of Latin Americans from the late fifteenth through the early nineteenth centuries. We will consider the societies and institutions that developed in the Americas amid European colonialism and the subsequent formation of independence movements animated by ascendant nationalisms. Topical emphasis will be placed on indigenous American societies and their relationships with European colonists, interactions between colonial church and state, economic institutions and arrangements, racial slavery, ideologies of gender and sexuality, and the declining authority of the Spanish crown in the Americas in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Although the majority of lectures and readings will focus on colonial Spanish America, other colonial enterprises shall be considered. Course materials will include primary documents, films and secondary works produced by historians.
In-class discussion: 25% Two film reviews: 20% (10% each) Midterm Exam: 25% Final Exam: 30%