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Fall 2011-2012
HIS 504  

Colonial Latin America to 1810

Vera S. Candiani

An introduction to the scholarship on Latin America's colonial past, ranging from "central" areas in Mexico and the Andes to "marginal" regions. New concepts and topics have emgerged. What are these new trends and what do they mean? Why do some types of questions now seem more urgent than others? To explore these questions and find out what problems of past historiographical traditions remain unsolved and deserve a new look, both classic texts and more recent works that display new approaches will be read, often in counterpoint.

Sample reading list:
Charles Gibson, The Aztecs Under Spanish Rule
Enrique Tandeter, Coercion and market: silver mining in colonial Potosi, 1692
Inga Clendinnen, Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-157
Karen Spalding, Huarochiri, an Andean society under Inca and Spanish rule
David Brading, Miners and Merchants in Bourbon Mexico, 1763-1810
Serge Gruzinski, Images at War, Mexico from Columbus to Bladerunner
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Participants will write a number of discussion papers.

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22368 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Dickinson Hall   G14   Enrolled:7 Limit:20