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Exam 1 questions - Week 1 The World in 1492(Steven Mintz...

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Week 1. The World in 1492 (Steven Mintz, History) Theme: The three cultures--African, European, and indigenous American--whose historical intersection and collisions beginning in 1492 gave rise to new hybrid cultures in the Americas: African American, Anglo-American, and Latin American. Topics: Introduction to the Course Africa, America, and Europe in 1491 Study Questions for the First Exam: 1. Compare and contrast the levels of development of Europe, Africa, and the New World on the eve of Columbus's Voyage of Discovery. 2. In what specific ways is the concept of "civilization" used to judge levels of cultural development Eurocentric? Week 2. The Collision of Cultures in the Americas (Dorothy Baker, English; Quetzil Castañeda, Anthropology) Reading: Winn, 39-83 Theme: The nature and "success" of the European invasion and conquest of the Americas. Topics: The Columbian exchange How and why Conquest was possible American holocaust: The debate over the role of disease, labor conditions, and genocide America in the colonial imagination The Captivity Narrative: Mythic archetypes and legitimations of conquest and colonization Study Questions for the First Exam: 1. Identify and evaluate the various explanations that have been advanced to explain why the Spanish Conquistadors defeated the Aztecs.
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