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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2007


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Course Description

The purpose of this seminar is to examine social conflict in late colonial Spanish America and the gradual and sometimes ambivalent road to political independence from Spain in the 1820s. The causes of social rebellion and protest will be examined, as will the participants, their objectives, and the roles of the Spanish colonial state and of the Catholic Church. Students will also look at the ways in which resistance manifested itself, often in subtle, quiet ways, as well as through the more obvious ways of armed rebellion and conflict. We will examine the question of why Spain's American empire lasted so long, why the independence movements in the Spanish American colonies occurred when they did, and how and why they differed from one another. We will examine how categories of race, gender, class, and culture manifest themselves in the movements. We will also discuss the impact of the French, Haitian and American Revolutions on political life in the Spanish empire and on explaining the exceptional case - Cuba  which remained loyal to Spain in the 1820s. A reading knowledge of Spanish is desirable as is familiarity with the colonial history of Spanish America but neither are mandatory.

Grading Policy

As a Substantial Writing Component course, heavy emphasis is placed upon regular writing. Students will write weekly critical response papers (30%), analyse primary documentation (15%); write a critical analysis of a film (15%); and write a final short review essay (30%); students are expected to participate in seminar discussion and each student will make an oral presentation to the seminar (10%).


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