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

Spring 2008

HIS 350L • Forging History of Mexico-W

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Course Description

The main objectives of this course are to examine a range of historical narratives and representations of Mexico's history produced over almost five centuries, looking at the period from 1519 to the early 21st century The period under study encompasses tumultuous political, social, economic, and cultural changes in Mexicos history - conquest, independence, loss of national territory, the construction of the Mexican nation-state, revolution, and globalisation. How people understood and represented these events will be our main topic of study as will change and continuity in the content and dominant symbols and motifs of such narratives. We will focus, however, not only on "official" histories but also contested versions of Mexicos history in order to consider how and why some versions became the official histories while others were marginalized or censored. How do we explain, for example, the transformation of the idea of mestizaje (racial mixing) from a negative condition in the colonial period to a foundational concept of Mexico and Mexican identity in the twentieth century? Internally constructed histories as well as those constructed by outside powers such as Spain and Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries and, increasingly, in the 19th and 20th centuries the U.S. and Great Britain, will be critically assessed. We will examine a variety of representations, both textual and visual, and primary and secondary sources.


Class Reader Enrique Florescano, Memory, Myth, and History and National Narratives Bernal Diaz del Castillo, The Conquest of New Spain David A. Brading, The First America Michael Meyer and Susan Deeds, The Course of Mexican History Stacie Widdifield, The Embodiment of the National in Late Nineteenth-Century Mexican Painting


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