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SDS_HIS 346K spring - 1 HIS 346K/LAS 366 Colonial Latin...

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HIS 346K/LAS 366 Colonial Latin America - Conquest, Colonialism, and Independence in Spanish America Class meets M-W-F 11-noon, MEZ 1.120 Dr. Susan Deans-Smith, GAR 3.302, tel. 475-7205 E-mail : [email protected] Office Hours : M 2-4 p.m. and by appointment in GAR 3.302 [Note: I reserve the right to change this schedule] Required Readings: • Jonathan C. Brown, Latin America. A Social History of the Colonial Period (2 nd ed.) • Daniel Castro, Another Face of Empire • Camilla Townsend, Malintzin’s Choices • Karen Racine, Francisco de Miranda. A Transatlantic Life in the Age of Revolution Class Reader (Available from Paradigm, 407 W. 24th St) (students should purchase all of the above – if you have problems getting hold of any of the readings please let me know as soon as possible) If you wish to read additional books or articles on topics we discuss in this class please do not hesitate to discuss bibliographies with me. Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the social, cultural, economic, and political development of colonial Spanish America between 1492 and 1821. Spanish imperial control over its American colonies lasted for three hundred years. How do we explain the longevity of Spanish control and when the Spanish American colonists fought for their independence why did the insurgent movements occur in the early nineteenth century and not before? Between Spanish invasion, conquest, and eventual loss of empire, what kind of societies were created in Spanish America? On what terms were the indigenous populations incorporated into conquest society and economy and what factors shaped their responses to Spanish colonialism? What images did the Spanish form of the "New World" inhabitants and what impact did they have upon Spanish intellectual thought? What type of society and economy did those Spaniards who sought their fortunes in the colonies shape for themselves and their descendants? Topics to be addressed include the Spanish and Pre- Colombian traditions of conquest and imperialism, the consolidation of Spanish imperial government in the so-called "New World", Church-State relations, the development of the colonial economies in the context of early globalization, slavery, race, class, and gender in colonial society, the movements of political independence from Spain and the problems faced by the new republics as emergent nation-states in the nineteenth century. Special emphasis will be placed on indigenous and Afro-American responses to Spanish colonialism during three centuries of imperial rule and their influences on the shaping of colonial rule. 1
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Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes: (1) Provide students with a thorough understanding of the major political, social, economic, and cultural developments that shaped Spanish American colonial societies and the formation, consolidation, and decline of the Spanish empire (2) Expose students to the heterogenous forms of colonialism and power relationships that developed in Spanish America during a period of three
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