Fall 2020

Indigenous Histories of Latin America

Listed in: History, as HIST-346  |  Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-346

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Russell Lohse (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 346 [LA/TE]  and LLAS 346) In this course, students will explore the cultures and civilizations of native peoples of Latin America from ancient times to the present.  Examining the Caribbean, Mesoamerican, Andean, and Amazonian regions, we will consider questions such as: What were the earliest cultures of the Americas like?  How did civilizations such as the Maya, the Aztecs, and the Inca confront the unprecedented challenges of the conquest?  How did indigenous peoples resist and forcibly adapt to centuries of Spanish and Portuguese colonialism?  What roles did native peoples  play in the new nations of the nineteenth century?  How have indigenous peoples pursued their own struggles for citizenship in the face of threats to their autonomy and the environment?  In a series of short writing assignments and a longer paper based on original research, students will explore secondary historiographies, analyze diverse primary sources, and discuss different historical methods in the study of the indigenous past and present. Two meetings per week.

Fall Semester. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Visiting Assistant Professor Lohse.


If Overenrolled: Preference given first to history majors and then by seniority.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Race


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2020