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.