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HIST 205 A - Lived Experience Latin America

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Examining the history through the primary texts written by Latin Americans, this course introduces students to theories, contents and methods of historical inquiry, as well as the nuances and the complexities of Latin American history. Reading primary texts written by all strata of society, students will look through the eyes of the diverse populations in Latin America. Students will analyze the traditional narrative of Latin America and gain insight into the lived experience of Latin Americans. Together we will advance our individual and collective understanding of Latin America's rich and complex past.

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Topic: The Inca Empire Description: The Inca Empire has been celebrated as one of the greatest Empires in pre-modern times. Inca engineering feats, their careful use of natural resources, their monumental architecture, their political ingeniousness, economic far-sightedness, and military prowess are all hailed as some of the greatest cultural and political achievements of South American cultures. To this day, Inca history is a source of pride among South American people. Yet much that has been written about the Incas is legendary. This course dives into primary texts written in the Andes after the -fall of the Incan Empire.- It asks how these texts interpreted the Incas within their respective socio-political contexts. These texts help us explore the complex socio-political, economic, and religious spheres of the Incan empire. In order to assess Inca achievements, we will also consult studies by engineers, architects, and art-historians who all try to solve the riddles that surro

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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