History | Colloquium in Latin American History
H665 | 2795 | Guardino
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Latin America had the world's longest experience with colonialism,
which in some areas of Latin America lasted from 1500 almost to
1900. It was the first place where Native Americans met Europeans,
and their often violent and exploitative but also creative contact
helped shape distinct multi-ethnic and multi-cultural societies.
Latin America had both the earliest and most prolonged experience
with African-American slavery.
This course will examine the period from pre-Columbian times to
roughly 1870. We will consider 1)Europeans' violent conquest of
indigenous societies and subsequent efforts to impose Christianity
and other cultural values on the conquered even as they exploited
them economically; 2)the continuing and partially successful efforts
of Native Americans to resist or modify European cultural and
economic impositions; 3)the introduction and expansion of African
labor, the experiences and resistance of African Americans, and the
eventual end of African slavery in Latin America; 4)Spanish and
Portuguese colonial institutions; 5)gender in colonial Latin American
societies; 6)the circumstances and social movements which separated
Latin American countries from Spain and Portugal in the nineteenth
century; and 7)the efforts of Latin Americans of diverse social
groups to build stable and equitable societies in the new nations.
We will read fourteen books and a few articles. Students
will give two oral presentations, write two review essays, prepare a
mock research proposal and invent an original syllabus.