Becoming Latin America, 1492 to 1824

History 8A

Spring 2014
180 TAN
Day & Time: 
TuTh 330-5P

This course covers the history of Latin America from the time of Columbus to around 1870. It thus reckons with almost four centuries of encounter, colonization, accommodation, and struggle that frame the ways that Latin America was becoming Latin American. The approach is a blend of narratives (of conquest, reform, independence) and eight themes: land, labor, and demography; race and ethnicity; religion; Church and Crown; trade and global economic systems; gender and family; urban life and culture; and identity (creole, indigenous, mestizo). Each theme will be taken up twice: once for the period roughly 1550-1700, and once for the period roughly 1700 to 1810. Lectures and a mix of secondary and primary source readings and images produced during the colonial period serve as points of entry for discussion in section meetings. Final grades are based on two short papers, a mid-term exam, a final exam, and participation in section meetings.

Course Books

Domingos Alvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World by James L. Sweet University of North Carolina. ISBN: 978-1469609751 Required
Drinking, Homicide and Rebellion in Colonial Mexico by William Taylor Stanford. ISBN: 978-0804711128 Required
Ambivalent Conquests by Inga Clendinnen Cambridge. ISBN: 978-0521527316 Required
Barbaros: Spaniards and their Savages by David Weber Yale. ISBN: 978-0300119916 Required
The Limits of Racial Domination by Douglas Cope U. Wisconsin. ISBN: 978-0299140441 Required
Trading Roles: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Urban Economy in Colonial Potosi by Jane Mangan Duke. ISBN: 978-0822334705 Required
The Human Tradition in Colonial Latin America by Kenneth Andrien Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN: 978-1442212992 Required
Latin America and its People, vol. 1, to 1830 by Cheryl Martin and Mark Wasserman Pearson. ISBN: 978-0205054695 Required