H211 | 2906 | Diaz

2:30-3:45P     TR     CH001

Topic: Colonial Latin America
Above section meets with LTAM L300
Above section carries culture studies credit

This course is part one of a two-course sequence on the history of
Latin America from pre-conquest times to the present.  It will survey
the history of Latin America from its first inhabitation to the
independence period in the nineteenth century.  Six major themes will
be addressed: the development of the great Amerindian civilizations,
the encounter between Europeans and Amerindians, the making of a
colonial society in Spanish America and Brazil, the struggles leading
to the collapse of colonial rule, and the civil wars of independence.
The overriding concern of this survey is to provide an understanding
of how the complex interaction between the different cultures that met
in the Americas shaped these colonial societies, and how some elements
of this legacy persisted and/or were transformed by different social
groups before and after independence.  This knowledge of colonial
Latin America will help us interpret and understand first-hand
accounts of this period, pivotal skills that we should cultivate in
order to critically analyze any current event in Latin America, the
United States or the rest of the world.

Readings include a textbook by Jonathan C. Brown, Latin America: A
Social History of the Colonial Period, and Aztec account of the
conquest (The Broken Spears), a collection of documents (Kenneth Mills
and William B. Taylor, Colonial Spanish America: A Documentary
History) and a course packet.  Documentaries and films are also part
of the course materials.  Students learning will be evaluated through
essay exams and in-class written exercises.