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Undergraduate Course: Resistance, Resilience and Rebellion in Colonial Latin America (HIST10452)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe course is an introduction to the history of colonial Latin America with a particular emphasis on understanding the experience of native indigenous peoples and their efforts to resist colonial impositions. We will consider the ways in which aspects of local culture survived and facilitated the creation of new colonial identities that eventually were integral to the overthrowing of Spanish rule.
Course description In this course, students will study the history of colonial Latin America from the rise of the Inka and Mexica in the fifteenth century to the wars of independence in the early nineteenth century. As we cover this period of more than four hundred years we will consider how the Spanish conquered and colonized the people of the Americas while at the same time paying attention to the resilient aspects of indigenous culture that survived despite efforts of colonizers to eradicate them. We will study Spanish efforts to change local culture through the introduction of a new religion, language, and societal practices and see how specifically these impositions were both accommodated and resisted by native peoples. These forms of resistance were eventually influential in the movements to reject Spanish authority and the course will end with discussions on the various rebellions and revolts in colonial Latin America that ultimately led to the independence of many of the countries.

Throughout the course students will analyse primary sources translated into English, as well as study non-textual sources such as paintings, material objects and architecture, that shed light on the colonial experience in Spanish America.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in 40 credits of third-level historical courses or equivalent.

Before enrolling students on this course, PTs are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework, command of colonial Latin American history;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon the impact of colonialism on indigenous peoples in the Spanish Americas;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. . demonstrate, by way of coursework, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Suggested Readings
- Nichols, D. et al. The Oxford Handbook of the Aztecs. 2017.

- Andrien, K. J. Andean Worlds: Indigenous History, Culture, and Consciousness under Spanish Rule, 1532-1825. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001.

- Clendinnen, I. Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

- Restall, M. & K. Lane. Latin America in Colonial Times. Cambridge UP, 2011.

- Restall, M. Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

- Stern, S. J. Peru's Indian Peoples and the Challenge of Spanish Conquest: Huamanga to 1640.

- Sweet, D.G., and G.B. Nash, eds. Struggle and Survival in Colonial America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981.

- Mangan, J.E. Trading Roles: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Urban Economy in Colonial Potosí (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005).

- Peterson, J. Visualizing Guadalupe: From Black Madonna to Queen of the Americas. University of Texas Press, 2014.

- Walker, C. The Tupac Amaru Rebellion. Harvard University Press, 2016.

- Mills, K., W.B. Taylor, and S. Lauderdale Graham, eds. Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2002
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Course organiserDr Meha Priyadarshini
Course secretaryMs Jenni Vento
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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