This module, taught in the Spring Term, may be taken by students on the MA in the History of Race in the Americas, the MA in History, or taught Master's students outside the History Department.
Module Aims The module provides an opportunity to explore the relationship between native Americans and the emerging system of republican national states during the Nineteenth Century. The course will enable students to observe how native Americans related to states shaped along principles of economic individualism and egalitarian citizenship. Focussing on such issues such as elections, taxation, common land privatisation, military service and inter-ethnic warfare, the course will enable students to focus upon particular ethnic groups (Nahua, Maya and Quechua-Aymara) within various regional contexts (Mexico, Guatemala and Peru-Bolivia). The primary analytical focus will be on native leadership and how leaders responded to the transition from colonial to republican rule.
Intended Learning Outcomes
to gain a familiarity with the recent historiography on the subject.
to gain experience in seminar discussion, including the formal presentation of ideas and interpretations in a seminar context.
to work independently on a 5,000 essay on a subject chosen and framed in the light of the advanced literature in this area; to construct bibliographies from books and articles; to gather evidence and use it to shape a cogent and coherent analytical discussion; and, where appropriate, to deploy evidence from primary sources.
Seminar Listing Seminar 1: Indians under colonial rule
Seminar 3: The Indian republic under republican government, 1820-1864.
Seminar 4: The Caste Wars of Yucatan and Chiapas.
Seminar 5: Indians and patriotism in Mexico and Peru.
Seminar 6: Land privatisation, the Indian community and the onset of rural capitalism.
Seminar 7: Liberal Revolution and Indian rebellion, 1900-1930.
Seminar 8: Nationalism, Indigenismo and the Indian.
Illustrative Bibliography Arij Ouweneel and Simon Miller, eds., The Indian Community of Colonial Mexico Fifteen Essays on Land Tenure, Corporate Organisations, Ideology and Village Politics