Colloquium in Latin American History

"Cohesion and Contestation in Latin American History"

This is a seminar on Latin American history and on its historiography, that is, how it is studied and written about by historians.   We will read and analyze nine historical monographs for underlying themes and approaches, from the early colonial period to the neat present.   Students will write and present four interpretive essays of five pages each, and a final essay between ten and twelve pages. 

Inga Clendinnen, Ambivalent Conquests:  Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570

R. Douglas Cope, The Limits of Racial Domination:  Plebeian Society in Colonial   Mexico City, 1660-1720

Yanna Yannakakis, The Art of Beieng in-Between:  Native Intermediaries, Indian Identity, and Local Rule in Colonial Oaxaca

Sarah Chambers, From Subjects to Citizens:  Honor, Gender, and Politics in Arequipa, Peru, 1780-1854

Richard Graham, Feeding the City:  From Street Market to Liberal Reform in Salvador, Brazil, 1780-1860

James Sanders, Contentious Republicans:  Popular Politics, Race, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Colombia

John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

Herbert Braun, The Assassination of Gaitán:  Public Life and Urban Violence in Colombia

Peter Winn, Weavers of Revolution:  The Yarur Workers and Chile’s Road to Socialism

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904


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