Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course surveys key periods, themes, and events in the history of Latin America from the period immediately preceding the arrival of Spanish and Portuguese explorers in 1492 until the 1820s. A brief introduction to the great civilizations of Ancient America will be followed by an examination of Spanish and Portuguese conquest, settlement, and three centuries of colonial rule. European rule in Latin America led to an indigenous demographic collapse, racial miscegenation, the imposition of European forms of government and economic activity, and the introduction of Catholicism. These phenomena, and their importance for the development of Latin America, will be examined in detail. The course will end with a discussion of the different causes and trajectories of independence during the early nineteenth century.
Peter Bakewell, A History of Latin America to 1825
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Three ID-based exams, four 1500-word essays, one class presentation, and one quiz.