Colonial Latin America
This course will introduce the main themes in Latin American history from the arrival of the first people on the American continents through the Wars of Independence at the beginning of the nineteenth century. This course fulfills KU's non-Western culture requirement, and there will therefore be an emphasis on indigenous and non-European perspectives in Latin American history. In addition, the intent of this course is to introduce students to the concepts, materials, and tools employed in the discipline of history, and to help students develop writing and other skills used in the study of history.
Course grades will be based on the following assignments:
I will hand out more detailed information on these assignments later. Grades on late assignments will be penalized one half of a letter grade for each day that they are late. Twenty percent of your course grade will be based on unannounced quizzes. There will be no makeups for these quizzes, and only a written medical note will excuse you from them. You have the option of writing a research paper or presenting a final project in lieu of taking the final exam. You must consult with me by April 2 in order to exercise this option.
You are expected and required to attend every class period, and you are responsible for the material covered in the lectures, readings and films, and for any announcements made in class. Excessive unexcused absences will negatively affect your grade. If you have a disability or any conflicts which may affect your class performance, please bring this to my attention immediately so that we can make arrangements for this to be a positive learning experience for you. My office is 1051 Wescoe Hall, and my phone number is 864-4867. Office hours are after class on Tuesdays and Thursday from 4:00-5:00, or by appointment.
The following books are the required readings for this class. You may purchase them at the KU or Jayhawk Bookstores. They are also on reserve in Watson Library. Additional library readings will also be required. Read the weekly assignments on the reverse side of this sheet before class so that you are prepared to carry on an intelligent discussion of the material in class.
Burkholder/Johnson, Colonial Latin America, 1990.
Jan. 16 Introduction
I. Indigenous Civilizations
Jan. 21 Geography: read Mason, pp. 1-37.
Jan. 28 Mesoamerica: read Mason, pp. 38-72.
Feb. 4 Teotihuacán: read Mason, pp. 96-109.
Feb. 11 Aztecs: read Leon-Portilla, pp. vii-xxxi.
Feb. 18 Tawantinsuyu: read Mason, pp. 180-238.
II. Inventing America
Feb. 25 Cristóbal Colón: read Lunnenfeld, 1492: Discovery, Invasion, Encounter, pp. 97-114
(reserve). First essay due.
March 3 The Conquest of Mexico: read Leon-Portilla, pp. 1-157.
March 10 & 12 Spring Break
March 17 The Search for El Dorado: read Hemming, Red Gold, pp. 183-197 (reserve).
March 24 Midterm Exam
III. Colonial Life
March 31 Slavery: read Burkholder, pp. 98-124; Lockhart, pp. 171-198.
April 7 Colonial administration: read Burkholder, pp. 70-97.
April 14 The Mission: read Hemming, Red Gold, pp. 462-486 (reserve).
April 21 Age of Andean Insurrections: read Burkholder, pp. 162-233. Second essay due.
April 28 The meanings of Independence: read Burkholder, pp. 290-334.
Wednesday, May 6, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Final Exam