HIS 310K • Latin Amer Civilization: Colonial Experience
This course will survey Latin American history from 1492 to the independence era of the 1810s/20s. It will consider four central questions: (i) How did Spain & Portugal subjugate territories so vast and so distant, and how were they able to do so for 300 years without a large standing army? (ii) What motivated the maintenance of these empires, how were the colonial economies characterized, and how did they change over time? (iii) What did colonial societies look like, in terms of class, race and gender, and how did social relations change over time? (iv) What are the colonial roots of the differences between British North America and Spanish/Portuguese America? The people we will encounter include conquistadors & indigenous nobility, crusading priests, feminist nuns, democratic pirates, and the visionaries who took up arms in the wars of independence.
The course will consist of two lectures per week, regular assigned readings, a weekly seminar in which the readings will be discussed, and the screening of several films.
Analyses of readings and films: 50% Final assignment (take-home paper): 40% Class participation: 10%
Mark Burkholder & Lyman Johnson's Colonial Latin America (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2007). Kenneth Mills, William Taylor, and Sandra Lauderdale Graham, Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History (Wilmington, DE: SR Books, 2002). David Bushnell, Simón Bolívar: Liberation and Disappointment (New York: Pearson Longman, 2004). Class reader.