The World that Columbus Made: Imagining the Spanish Empire (1492- c. 1600) (HISTORY 76S)
According to J.H. Elliott, it took a century for Europeans to come "to grips with the realities of America." This is a seminar about this process as it took place in the Spanish world. We will read a wide array of primary sources: Explorers' journals, conquistadors' accounts, chronicles, pioneering ethnographies, gory engravings, and heartfelt denunciations of colonialism. We will explore issues related to otherness, cultural encounters, knowledge and power, rhetoric and propaganda, and historical memory in the early modern era.