History | Latin American Culture & Civilization I
H211 | 3125 | Medrano
Above section open to undergraduates only
This course is the first of a two-part sequence on the history of
Latin America from the pre-Columbian era to the present. It will
survey the history of Latin America from its first inhabitants to the
period of independence in the nineteenth century. We will address
the indigenous past, the encounter between the Eurpeans and the
Native Americans, the formation of colonial society, and the
processes leading up to, and including, the wars of independence in
which the colonies broke with Spain and Portugal.
By utilizing lectures, films, small and whole group discussions, in
addition to evaluating primary source materials, we will gain an
understanding of the distinct cultures that came together in the late
15th/early 16th century to create a divergent New World society. In
addition, we will examine the lives of people at various points on
the social spectrum in order to gain an understanding of how race,
class, and gender interacted to produce the particular experience of
diverse social groups in colonial society.
We will use three texts in this course. The first is a textbook
which provides an overview of the historical processes of the
colonial era. Since the major emphasis of this course is to examine
the lives of different people in colonial society, the other texts
will provide a survey of women in Colonial Latin America and examine
race relations in Colonial Mexico City.
Brown, Jonathan. Latin America: A Social History of the Colonial
Period. Orlando: Harcourt
Cope, Douglas. The Limits of Racial Domination: Plebeian Society in
Colonial Mexico City,
1660-1720. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1994.
Socolow, Susan. The Women of Colonial Latin America. New York:
Cambridge University Press, 2000