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History of
 Latin America

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Fall 2016 - History 150 - Class # 72293

Spring 2016 - History 151 - Class #30829

 


During the Fall Semester 2016 and Spring Semester 2017, Professor Michael Arguello will be teaching both segments of the History of Latin America sequence online:

                
History 150 - The Colonial Period and History 151 - The Modern/National Period

Individually these courses fulfill the following requirements:

  • Palomar College Multicultural course requirement
  • Palomar College GE Requirement. 
    • Area D:  Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement
  • IGETC
    • Area 4: Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement
    • Transferable to UC and CSU.
  • CSU
    • Area D: Social Sciences Requirement

These courses are particularly relevant for students considering the fields of:

The Obama administration promises to dedicate greater attention to the political, economic, and social role of the United States in the Western Hemisphere.  Will this be a positive influence?  What will be the future of relations between the US and the following nations?

  • Cuba - Diplomatic relations re-established in 2015.
  • Mexico
  • Venezuela
  • Argentina
  • Portuguese America - Brazil
 


Fall 2016  -  Class # 72293

History 150 - History of Latin America to 1824
A survey of the historical evolution of the peoples and states of Latin America with special attention to the indigenous states and empires of the Americas, their conquest by the Iberian nations of Europe, the creation of multi-racial colonial empires, and the growth of Creole nationalism which resulted in the overthrow of the Iberian empires at the beginning of the 19th century.

The Course Blackboard site for History 150 Online will be available for student access on Monday of the first week of classes, at Noon.

Important features of the online course

  • Student participation in course discussion boards

  • Documentary and feature films on various topics from colonial and contemporary Latin America

  • FLEXIBLE DEADLINES  You have the entire 16-week semester to complete the major assignments - short essays, Power Point projects - for the course. 

    • This way you can schedule the work for this course around the busiest periods for your live classes and/or work schedule.

Course themes

  • The evolution of the major pre-Columbian empires of North and South America

  • The history of the Iberian Peninsula, including the influence of Mediterranean history and cultures

  • The medieval Iberian Convivencia of Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions

  • The expansion of Europe overseas from the Middle Ages through the voyages to Africa, Asia, and the Americas

  • The Christian Reconquest of Spain from the Islamic kingdoms, the contributions of Castile and Aragon, and the unification of the Spanish monarchy

  • The state of the world economy in 1492

  • The early stages of Spanish exploration in the Caribbean

  • The Spanish conquest of the great mainland empires of the Aztecs and Incas

  • Portuguese overseas expansion and the colonization of Brazil

  • The establishment of Spanish and Portuguese colonial institutions

  • The relations of Church and State in Spanish and Portuguese America

  • Mestizaje in Latin America: The new hybrid cultures composed of Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans

  • Frontier societies of Spanish and Portuguese America

  • Iberian mercantilism and the colonial economies

  • Imperial rivalry and colonial reform in the 18th century

  • The emergence of Latin American nationalism and Independence

Course Assignments

  • Short essays and book reports; no online testing

  • Optional personal course project designed by each student

  • Discussion boards for all videos and readings

Course Readings

The books selected for the course have been chosen to give you a broad understanding of the history of the development of a complex and fascinating civilization.

It is not necessary to read every chapter from these books.  The Kamen and Russell-Wood books provide the core readings for the development of Spanish and Portuguese America.  The Bailey, Mann, and Restall books offer supplementary topics specific to the period of the Spanish conquest, and the development of a unique cultural and material worlds in North and South America. 

The Burkholder and Johnson book is recommended for information on both pre-Columbian and 18th and early 19th century topics, but can be replaced by other selections available from most libraries.

Each student should consult with Professor Arguello during the first month of the course to determine how to pursue readings and assignments that address the special interests of each student.


The Following Books Are Required

  2 of the required books for this class are available in an Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook Book edition.
Mark Burkholder and Lyman Johnson.  Colonial Latin America7th edition.  Oxford University Press.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0195386059.
DO NOT purchase the latest (9th) edition for this class (too expensive!).  Either the 6th edition, 7th, or 8th editions are fine, and there are many copies available at Amazon for less than $5.  There are also copies available in the Palomar College Library.
Henry Kamen.  Empire:  How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763.  Harper Perennial.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0060932640.  Amazon has a large number of used copies of this book, starting at less than $5.
Charles C. Mann.  1493:  Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.  Vintage.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0307278241.  Also a Kindle edition.  There are many used copies of this book. 
This book explains many aspects of what is now known as the "Columbian Exchange", including the consequences for Asia of the Spanish and Portuguese imperial systems.
Matthew Restall.  Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest.  Oxford University Press.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0195176117.*  There is an Amazon Kindle edition and as a Nook book
Details on how this essential moment in world history is understood today, beyond the traditional biases and myths of Anglo American texts.
A.J.R. Russell-Wood.  The Portuguese Empire, 1415-1808:  A World on the Move.  2nd ed.  Johns Hopkins University Press.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0801859557. 
One cannot appreciate the importance of the Portuguese colonial network for our modern world without including the ties with Africa and Asia that were created in the 15th and 16th centuries.  This book does an excellent job of telling this story.

Check the used book stocks at both Amazon and the Palomar College Bookstore.
   
 The Following Books Are Recommended
  Gauvin Alexander Bailey.  Art of Colonial Latin America. Phaidon Press.  1st edition.  ISBN  978-0714841571.  Available for purchase or rent.  Here art involves also the architecture of the Spanish American cities.

NOTE  Everyone in the course will be required to review a book on the art or architecture of colonial Latin America.   You may select this book, or consult one of many available in the Palomar College Library or other public libraries, according to your interests.

Consult with Professor Arguello on your choice before the end of week five of the course.

Mark Burkholder and Lyman Johnson.  Colonial Latin America7th edition.  Oxford University Press.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0195386059.

DO NOT purchase the latest (9th) edition for this class (too expensive!).  Either the 6th edition, 7th, or 8th editions are fine, and there are many copies available at Amazon for less than $5.  There are also copies available in the Palomar College Library.

This reading is a bit dry, but useful for providing a broader perspective on the growth of the region.

 

NOTE  Copies of all course texts are available for 1-week check-out from the Instructor Reserve area of the Palomar College Library. 

Public libraries will have access to copies of these books as well.

San Diego Circuit System
This borrowing system allows residents of San Diego County to borrow books, free of charge,  from the following public systems, universities, and private college:  San Diego Public Library system, San Diego County Library system, UC San Diego, Cal State San Marcos, San Diego State University, and the University of San Diego.

Books can be requested online here, and then delivered to the library closest to your home/residence.  Here is information on how to request a book.

LINK+ System
If you have access to the San Diego County Library system, for example through the San Marcos Public Library, you can use the LINK+ System to access books from throughout the states of California and Nevada.

Books can be requested online here.  Here is information on how to request a book, and

Used copies and rentals
Good prices are available for used copies and/or rentals from the following: 

  • Amazon.com (links above)
  • Barnes & Noble.com
  • Palomar College Bookstore
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The Course Blackboard site for History 150 Online will be available for student access on Monday of the first week of classes, at Noon.

Spring 2016  -  Class # 30829

History 151 - History of Latin America Since Independence

A survey of the republics of Latin America since independence that concentrates on the political evolution of these nations and the social and economic institutions that characterize the region. Special attention will be given to the contrast between the urban and rural cultures and economies, as well as the political and economic relations of the region with the world and the United States in particular.

Important features of the online course

  • Student participation in course discussion boards

  • Documentary and feature films on various topics from contemporary Latin American history

Course Assignments

  • Short essays and book reports; no online testing

  • Discussion boards for videos and readings

4 of the 6 required paperback books for this class are available in an Amazon Kindle edition

Marshall C. Eakin.  The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures.  Paper. Palgrave, 2007. ISBN  978-1403980816.  Used copies available from $1 at Amazon.
Richard Gott.  Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution.  2nd ed.  Verso, 2011.  Paper.  ISBN  978-1844677115.  Amazon Kindle edition.  Used copies available from $5 at Amazon.  Several copies will be available in the Palomar College Library in January 2016.
Eduardo Gutierrez; John C. Chasteen, translator.  The Gaucho Juan Moreira:  True Crime in Nineteenth-Century Argentina.  Hackett Publishing.  Paper.  ISBN 978-1624661365.  Amazon Kindle edition.  Copies will be available in the Palomar College Library in January, 2016.
Robert M. Levine and John J. Crocitti, eds.  The Brazil Reader:  History, Culture, Politics.  Duke University Press, 2003. ISBN  978-0822322900.  Used copies from $3 at Amazon.
Julia E. Sweig.  Cuba:  What Everyone Needs to Know.  2nd ed.  Oxford University Press, 2013.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0199896707  Amazon Kindle edition.  Available for rent at Chegg.  Copies available in Palomar College Library.
Mario Vargas Llosa.  Death in the Andes: A Novel.  Picador, 2011.  ISBN 978-0312427252  Amazon Kindle edition.  The Palomar College Library has seven copies of this book.  Used copies available from $0.01 at Amazon.
   
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The Course Blackboard site for History 151 Online will be available for student access on Monday of the first week of classes, at Noon.


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