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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2008

T C 302 • Forging Empire: Spain and America, 1492-1821 - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43755 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
CRD 007B

Course Description

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the social, political, economic and cultural processes that lay beneath the creation, consolidation and collapse of the Spanish Empire in America. The so-called "conquest" of the New World had global repercussions that ranged from the impact of new sources of precious metals such as silver on the money supply in Europe to the philosophical, moral and juridical questions raised by the encounters with the indigenous populations to Spanish colonial rule. We will examine the major motivations for the imperial expansion of Spain, the kinds of sui generis societies and identities that emerged during 300 years of its rule, and how those societies changed.

Grading Policy

Class assignments include weekly written reviews of assigned readings (30%), weekly oral presentations by student seminar leaders (15%), analysis of selected primary sources (20%), and a final analytical review essay (35%). Written assignments include drafts, feedback, and rewrites. Students will also visit the Benson Latin American Collection to view rare books and manuscripts, the Blanton Art Museum, and participate in the University Lecture Series.


Atlantic Empires, John Elliott Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest, Matthew Restall Malintzin's Choices, Camilla Townsend The Fall of Natural Man, Anthony Pagden The Independence of Spanish America, Jaime Rodriguez

About the Professor

Dr. Susan Deans-Smith is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a B.A. from Warwick University, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University. She is the author of Bureaucrats, Planters, and Workersthe Making of the Tobacco Monopoly in Bourbon Mexico, and numerous articles on colonial Mexico and Peru. Her current research interests focus on visual culture in colonial Mexico and Peru. She is a practicing ailurophile, and is passionate about Mexico and Mexican art and architecture, and the Texas Hill Country.


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