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LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY

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LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY

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Anno accademico 2021/2022

Codice attività didattica
CPS0426
Docenti
Prof. Federica Morelli (Titolare dell'insegnamento)
Francisco Alberto Ortega (Titolare dell'insegnamento)
Corso di studio
Master's Degree Course in Area and global studies for international cooperation
Anno
2° anno
Periodo
Primo semestre
Tipologia
Caratterizzante
Crediti/Valenza
6
SSD attività didattica
SPS/05 - storia e istituzioni delle americhe
Erogazione
Tradizionale
Lingua
Inglese
Frequenza
Facoltativa
Tipologia esame
Scritto
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Sommario insegnamento

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Obiettivi formativi

The course, focusing on the formation of multi-ethnic societies in Latin America, will allow  students to mature a greater awaraness towards the cultural diversity and to understand the relationship between past and present cultures. 

It will also allow to acquire expertise on: forms of domination; interaction between different cultural groups; definitions of belonging; structuring of territories; shifting relationship nature-societies. 

The course will offer to attending students an interactive form of teaching, based on discussion of sources and bibliographical material in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. It will use digital history resources and cartographic tools. 

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Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

By the end of this course students will:

1) Be able to identify several key turning points in colonial Latin American history;

2) Understand the basic organizing principles of Mesoamerican, Andean, Hispanic, and mestizo culture, including religion and spiritual beliefs, social hierarchy, gender norms, notions of community, language, and race and ethnicity, agroecosystem changes, representation of nature, and biological hybriddization; 

3) Recognize the way power functioned in the colonial system through Iberian logic and political organization, as well as various forms of accommodation, reform, resistance, and rebellion.

4) Appreciate Latin America's diversity and historical significance.

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Programma

Since 2019 and for the following few years many Latin American countries have celebrated and will celebrate the bicentennial of their Independence from Spain and Portugal. The events that led these countries to severe ties with the Spanish and Portuguese monarchies two hundred years ago remain momentous in the collective imagination of Latin Americans. However, the perspective on the era has changed significantly over the last decades.

In the past historians perceived the movement towards independence as the consequence of the influenced exerted by the European Enlightment and by the French and American revolutions on Euro-Americans (also known as Criollos or Creoles), eager to cut colonial ties. Accordingly, such influences fostered local nationalistisms that crystalized in the formation of new nation states. In that story, independence was both inevitable and unsurprising.

By contrast, most contemporary historians argue that the nationalistic frame is inadequate for grasping the forces at work below these unprecedented social and political upheavals and maintain that the outcome of the monarchical crisis was not predictable. The independence of Spanish American states was not written on stone.  

The course will examine the most pressing social and political conflicts of late colonial society, the crisis and collapse of the Spanish and Portuguese monarchies, and the challenges faced by the new Iberoamerican states as they assumed national sovereignty.

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Modalità di insegnamento

This is an upper-division class with an emphasis on class discussion based on reading primary and secondary sources. Teachers will provide introductory lectures when necessary, but for the most part students will be participating in class discussion by posing questions and encouraging debate.

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Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Attending students:
For attending students, the assessment procedure is based on active participation during class (20%), presentation of an essay agreed with the teacher (30% of the final grade), and a written essay (about 5.000 words) based on the paper and the discussion (50% of the final grade). The paper is aimed to check both the students' ability to organize complex knowledge and their knowledge of the discipline.

Non attending students:
To assess the ability to apply the acquaintances learnt during the readings, a final written exam is schedeuled for non attending students. This exam will be assessed according to the following criteria: a) the acquisition of the basic expertise; b) the ability to critically reasoning on the subjects of the course.

Testi consigliati e bibliografia



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Altro
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Essays and articles
Descrizione:  
Essays and articles commented during the course
Note testo:  
Testo per frequentanti.
Obbligatorio:  
Si


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Libro
Titolo:  
Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America
Anno pubblicazione:  
2016
Editore:  
University of North Carolina Press
Autore:  
J. C. Chasteen
Note testo:  
Testo per non frequentanti.
Obbligatorio:  
Si


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Libro
Titolo:  
Americanos: Latin America's Struggle for Independence
Anno pubblicazione:  
2008
Editore:  
Oxford University Press
Autore:  
J.C. Chasteen
Note testo:  
Testo per non frequentanti.
Obbligatorio:  
Si
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Attending students:

Essays and articles commented during the course.

 

Non attending students:

J. C. Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). 

J. C. Chasteen, Americanos: Latin America's Struggle for Independence (Oxford University Press, 2008). 



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Note

The material useful for the students will be available on the website of the course. 

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