HIS 310K • Latin Amer Civ: Colonial Exper
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
This course will explore the economic, social, political, and cultural history of Latin America before 1810. Beginning with a detailed discussion of the pre-Columbian Indian civilizations and climaxing with the Haitian Revolution and rumblings of discontent in Spanish and Portuguese colonial possessions, we will employ a rigorous study of primary sources to get at the lived experiences of Latin American residents. Applying a mixed approach to the region, both chronological and thematic, the class will place special emphasis on the multi-cultural character of colonial Latin American historyAfrican, Native American, and European. The course seeks both to sharpen the students understanding of the region and stimulate an appreciation for the techniques of historical inquiry and analysis.
Three exams: 50% Book review: 20% Five short commentaries: 15% Map assignment: 5% Class participation: 10%
Jonathan C. Brown, LATIN AMERICA: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE COLONIAL PERIOD Kenneth Mills and William B. Taylor, COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICA: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY Bernal Díaz de Castillo, THE CONQUEST OF NEW SPAIN Kathryn Burns, COLONIAL HABITS