Culture, Conquest, and Survival: The Creation of Latin America, 1450-1700
Listed in: History, as HIST-260
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Joshua M. Rosenthal (Section 01)
[LAP] This course examines the early history of Latin America, beginning with the major pre-Columbian civilizations that flourished before the arrival of the Spanish in the New World and ending with the maturation of colonial society. The class is thematic, built around an in-depth examination of certain parts of the story. Special attention will be given to the mindset of Europeans on the eve of discovery; the events of the Conquest; the global environmental impact of the “Columbian exchange"; ongoing indigenous resistance to European domination; the rise of African slavery in the Americas; and how categories of gender and ethnicity were formative in defining this society. Two class meetings per week.
Fall semester. Visiting Professor Rosenthal.