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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Fall 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39215 MWF
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
GAR 313

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the economic, cultural, social and political events that shaped Latin America from the 1400s to the mid-1800s. The course will make substantial use of primary documents, film, art, and literature and will emphasize the lived experience of individuals. The course compares the experiences of people in different regions of the Americas and examines the various ways in which they shaped and responded to their environment. Students will be taught to evaluate historical events and construct arguments. The lectures, readings and films will provide interpretations of colonial Latin American history. Students will be expected to think, read and write critically and effectively and develop their own arguments. The ultimate goal is to examine competing historical analyses, learn to evaluate them, and construct critical and creative syntheses.


Readings: Study questions for the readings will be available on-line. Brown, Jonathan, Latin America: A Social History of the Colonial Period. Belmont, CA: Oxford Thomson Wadsworth, 2005. Clendinnen, Inga. Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1987. Socolow, Susan. The Women of Colonial Latin America. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Mills, Kenneth, William B. Taylor, and Sandra Lauderdale Graham, eds. Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History. Wilmington, DE: SR Press, 2002. Additional readings will be available electronically and on library reserve. Films will be screened by professor outside of class (dates to be announced in class) and are also available at the University A/V Library and local video stores (Vulcan, Waterloo, etc). The films will be integrated into the exams. Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) Cabeza deVaca (1993) The Last Supper (1976) The Mission (1986)


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