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Lecture 1 Heterogeneous, Historical, and Hierarchical: The Americas, Europe, and Africa in the late 15 th century Course introduction Student introductions Going over the syllabus What do I mean by participation? What are optional readings? Courseweb is your friend. Courseweb is my friend. Discussion: What do we already know about the course themes? The construction of racial, ethnic, and gender divisions in colonial society The role of religious beliefs in Colonial Latin America The relationship between colonial powers and colonies in theory and practice The challenge of writing history with only limited sources Discussion: What types of source materials could be used, 1,000 years from now, to write the history of ourselves? What did Europe, Africa, and the Americas look like on the eve of Columbus’ first journey across the Atlantic? Two modes ahistorical thinking: The fallacy of “people without history” Hegel The assumption that group identities, ideas, nations, etc. are eternal and permanent
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