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Creole Identity and Creole Nationalism

For discussion

1. What was creole nationalism?

2. What place did it accord the indigenous (and especially Aztec) past?

3. What use did insurgents make of the Aztec past during the wars of independence?

 

Readings 1+2

Alberro, Solange, ‘El indio y el criollo en la visión de las élites novohispanas, 1771-1811. Contribución a una antropología de las luces’, Cincuenta años de historia en México, Alicia Hernández (ed.), Columex (Mexico, 1993), vol. 1

Brading, David, Prophecy and Myth in Mexican History, Cambridge University Press (1984).

Brading, David, The First America, the Spanish Monarchy, Creole Patriots, and the Liberal State, 1492-1867 (Cambridge, 1991). This is a vast tome; read selectively.

Brading, David, The Origins of Mexican Nationalism (Cambridge, 1985).

Florescano, Enrique, Memory, Myth and Time in Mexico from the Aztecs to Independence (Austin, 1994).

Pagden, Anthony, ‘Identity Formation in Spanish America’, in Colonial Identity in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800, eds. Nicholas Canny and Anthony Pagden (Princeton, 1987).

Pagden, Anthony, Spanish Imperialism and the Political Imagination. Studies in European and Spanish-American Social and Political Theory, 1513-1830, Yale University Press (New Haven, 1990).

Readings for 3

Brading, David, Prophecy and Myth in Mexican History, Cambridge University Press (1984).

Brading, David, The First America, the Spanish Monarchy, Creole Patriots, and the Liberal State, 1492-1867 (Cambridge, 1991)

Brading, David, The Origins of Mexican Nationalism (Cambridge, 1985)

Bustamante, Carlos María de, Cuadro Histórico de la Revolución Mexicana (Ediciones de la Comisión Nacional para la Celebración del Sesquicentenario de la Proclama de la Independencia Nacional, Mexico, 1961)

Bustamante, Carlos María de, Mañanas de la Alameda, publicadas para facilitar a las señoritas el estudio de la historia de su país (1835-6), 2 vols, Earle, Rebecca, ‘Creole Patriotism and the Myth of the Loyal Indian’, Past & Present 172 (2001), pp. 125-45.

Florescano, Enrique, Memory, Myth and Time in Mexico from the Aztecs to Independence (Austin, 1994).