History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 365: Conquest and Colonization in Latin America

HIST 365-001: Conquest and Colonization of Latin America
(Fall 2017)

Robinson B228

Section Information for Fall 2017

This course examines the forms of conquest and colonization practiced in Mesoamerica and the Andes by the Aztec, Inca, and Spanish empires over five hundred years, from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries. We will take into account military, religious, and social issues and we will examine two sets of questions. First, what do terms such as “conquest,” and “colonial” mean to different historians? Do they refer to simple relationships between dominator and oppressed, or do they refer to more ambiguous and contested processes? Second, why did certain civilizations rise to prominence? Why did some civilizations dominate others? How important were external and internal factors? 

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

Non-Western Culture

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines forms of conquest and colonization practiced by Aztec, Inca, Spanish, and Portuguese in what is now Latin America. Includes role of ideology and religion in imperial rule, use of warfare to create empires and colonies, and implementation of political and economic systems to rule subject people. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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