Latin America in the Sixteenth Century: Conquest and the forging of colonial cultures

History 100.006

Spring 2010
100 wheeler
Day & Time: 
MWF 1-2

The Conquest of Latin America in the early sixteenth century is one of the key turning points in the history of the modern world, yet the encounters which brought Amerindians, Europeans and Africans into sustained contact for the first time remain controversial. This class will consider Conquest from several perspectives and introduce students to the variety of interpretive frameworks in which the study of Conquest and the emergence of distinctive colonial cultures has been situated. Readings will be drawn from the documentary record generated by witnesses and participants and the scholarly literature â€_Ä" from the classic to the most recent and innovative. Themes, issues
and concepts to be considered will include hybridity, syncretism, the nature of early modern colonialism, indigenous resistance and strategies of accomodation, the spiritual conquest, and the role of race and gender in shaping early colonial societies.