History 273 Syllabus - Colonialism in Latin America...

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Colonialism in Latin America, 1400s-1800s HIST 273 (Fall 2008) Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-11:50 A.Ricardo L ó pez                                                                               Office: Bond Hall, 330 Phone: (360) 650-2939 Email:  [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-9:45; 1:00-2:00 and gladly by appointment Graduate Teaching Assistant Sara Casper  Email:  [email protected] Office: Bond Hall, 327 Office Hours: Modan and Wed, 12:00-1:00 This is the way hegemony works…   we use the concept  not  to understand consent but to understand  struggle; the ways in which the words, symbols, forms, organizations, institutions and movements used by  subordinate populations to talk about, understand, confront, accommodate themselves to, or resist their  domination are shaped by the process of domination itself. What hegemony constructs, then, is not a shared  ideology but a common material and meaningful framework for living through, talking about and act upon  social orders characterized by domination.  --William Roseberry Course Overview This course introduces you to the history of colonialism in Latin America.  Although it proceeds chronologically (1400s-1800s), the course is mostly organized  thematically. As it is suggested by the opening quotation, we will observe how the  Spanish and Portuguese were able to maintain colonial societies in the Americas for over  three centuries. Having this theme as a constant focus throughout the quarter, this course  invites you to think about the historical conditions that allowed the formation,  consolidation and subversion of colonialism in Latin America. We will be attentive to the  process, institutions, methods and ideas by which colonial elites consolidated its power  and how people in Latin America fiercely confront that domination. Furthermore,  through different readings, lectures and discussions of visual and written documents, this  1
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course asks you to think critically about the role different social groups—merchants,  planters, landholders, laborers, bureaucrats, slaves, indigenous peoples, peasants, people  of African descent, women, men, Spaniards, creoles—struggled to create, maintain, resist  and subvert colonial societies.  Objectives: This course has four main goals. It offers a general survey of major historical  problems in colonial Latin America; it attempts to familiarize students with the  historian’s craft—to engage students in the critical reading of primary sources and  historian’s interpretations about colonialism in Latin America. The course also seeks to  enhance written communication, oral communication and analytical skills. Equally 
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