Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The course will examine the colonial era of Mexican history starting with the pre-Colombian background (pre-sixteenth century) and going through the wars for independence in the early nineteenth century. The emphasis will be on the cultural miscegenation that took place among European, indigenous, and African ethnic groups during Mexico’s three hundred year history of colonial rule under the Spanish. Students will read a selection of scholarly studies and primary documents that illustrate themes such as the years of encounter and conquest, the role of the Catholic Church, the changing nature of the colonial administrative and economic networks, gender and family relations during the colonial period, daily life and popular culture, the colonial frontier, and the onset of the wars for independence.
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