Survey: Latin American History

History 275E.001

Fall 2016
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 4-6p

This seminar is a survey of colonial Latin American and Caribbean history, which combines classic debates with new lines of inquiry inspired by the overlapping field of Atlantic history.  This course will introduce students to major themes and historiographical approaches through a combination of canonical works and some of the most recent scholarship in the field.  Our approach is designed both to build core knowledge and provide inspiration about new directions for future research.  Topics include: social, cultural, environmental, and economic ramifications of “the conquest”; capitalism and the world system; cultural encounter and religion; gender, sexuality, and race; Indian and African slavery and the transatlantic slave trade; Brazil, Angola, and the South Atlantic system; and revolt, rebellion, and the Age of Revolutions.  Requirements include active participation in weekly discussion, an in-class presentation, and a final review essay on a theme of the student’s choosing (15-20 pages). 

Course Books

Freedom's MIrror by Ada Ferrer Cambridge. ISBN: 978-1107697782 Required
Domingos Alvarez by James Sweet University of North Carolina. ISBN: 978-1469609751 Required
Cross Cultural Exchange in the Atlantic World by Roquinaldo Ferreira Cambridge. ISBN: 978-1107671447 Required
Genealogical FIctions by Maria Elena Martinez Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804776615 Required
The Nahuas After the Conquest by James Lockhart Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804723176 Required
Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640 by David Wheat University of North Carolina. ISBN: 978-1469623412 Required
Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830 by John H. Elliott Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300123999 Optional