HISTORY 478 - Topics in Latin American History
Section: 010 Latin America, Colonial Period
Term: FA 2014
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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How were the peoples and cultures of the early modern Atlantic world transformed by the encounters between Portuguese missionaries and Amerindians, African slaves and Dutch merchants, Spanish conquistadors and indigenous leaders in colonial Latin America? This course will examine the history of this dynamic region by looking at the nature of these interactions from pre-Columbian times through early European overseas exploration and settlement up to the nineteenth-century wars of independence. We will address how class, gender, racial and ethnic identities took on particular meanings as peoples, ideas, and commodities circulated and intermingled between Africa, Europe, and the Americas. We will look at documents such as court cases to explore the ways in which human dramas were transformed into written records, and the means historians use to reconstruct those dramas. Through close readings of primary sources, we will come to understand how plantation slavery, mining, and other colonial institutions shaped peoples’ experiences and how these same individuals struggled to adapt these imposed institutional structures to suit their own needs. Finally, we will seek answers to why European colonial domination lasted as long as it did, what the primary causes were of its demise, and in what ways modern Latin American nations can be seen as heirs to the legacies of the colonial system.

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HISTORY 478 - Topics in Latin American History
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 001: This course is open to all undergraduates
010 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 010: this section is restricted to History graduate students. Graduate students will meet at 11:45 am on Thursdays in 2713 Haven. Undergraduates should register for this course under HISTORY 347, and non-History graduate students should contact the instructor at rjscott@umich.edu for permission.
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ISBN: 9780521132602
Latin America in colonial times, Author: Matthew Restall, Kris Lane., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2011
ISBN: 0807070734
Lieutenant nun : memoir of a Basque transvestite in the New World, Author: Catalina de Erauso ; translated from the Spanish by Michele Stepto and Gabriel Stepto ; foreword by Marjorie Garber., Publisher: Beacon Press 1996
ISBN: 0822322919
Colonial habits : convents and the spiritual economy of Cuzco, Peru, Author: Kathryn Burns., Publisher: Duke University Press 4th print. 1999
ISBN: 0521527317
Ambivalent conquests Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570, Author: Inga Clendinnen., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2nd ed. 2003
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