History | Latin American Culture & Civ 1
H211 | 3874 | Diaz


Above class carries Culture Studies credit
A portion of this class reserved for University Division orientation
program students
Above class meets with LTAM-L210

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 course should help students gain some understanding of the
diversity and complexity of Latin America. Students will obtain a
sense of both the major processes that have left their imprint in
these countries, and the experiences of the men and women who lived
and made their histories.  Furthermore, this course seeks to bring
students a sense of history as a discipline and as a method for
interpreting and understanding the past through the study of myriad
sources.  Students should be able to assess the importance of
closely analyzing different perspectives and sources when seeking to
understand and interpret any event or problem of the past.

Readings include a textbook by Cheryl E. Martin and Mark
Wasserman, "Latin America and its People, Vol. 1 to 1830" an Aztec
account of the conquest ("The Broken Spears"), and a collection of
documents and stories based on legal documents. Documentaries and
films are also part of the course materials.  Students learning will
be evaluated through essay exams and in-class written exercises.