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Ethnicity and Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century Latin America (HI928 - Withdrawn)


This module has now been permanently withdrawn and is no longer taught in the Warwick History Department.

Context of Module
Module Aims
Intended Learning Outcomes
Outline Syllabus
Illustrative Bibliography
Context of Module

This module may be taken by students on the MA in History, the MA in Modern History, the MA in the History of Race in the Americas, 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.


Outline Syllabus

Seminar 1: Indians under colonial rule

Seminar 2: Indians and the Constitution of Cadiz

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

William Taylor, Drinking, Homicide and Rebellion in Colonial Mexican Villages

Peter Guardino, Peasants, Politics, and the Formation of Mexico's National State Guerrero, 1800-1857

Terry Rugeley, Yucatan's Peasantry and the Origins of the Caste War

Robert H Jackson, ed, Liberals, the Church and Indian Peasants. Corporate Lands and the Challenge of Reform in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America

Florencia Mallon, Peasant and Nation The Making of Post-Colonial Mexico and Peru

Guy Thomson (with David LaFrance), Political Patriotism and Popular Liberalism in Mexico Francisco Lucas and the Puebla Sierra

Greg Grandin, The Blood of Guatemala A History of Race and Nation

Murdo MacLeod and Robert Wasserstrom, (eds.) Spaniards and Indians in Southeastern Mesoamerica

Steve Stern, ed., Resistance, Rebellion and Consciousness in the Andean Peasant World

Charles Walker, Smoldering Ashes Cuzco and the Creation of Republican Peru 1780-1840

Mark Thurner, From Two Republics to One Divided

Marisol de la Cadena, Indigenous Mestizos The Politics of Race and Culture in Cuzco, Peru, 1919-1991 



1 assessed essay of 5,000 words: the course is taught in weekly 2-hour seminars.



Dr. Guy Thomson

Term Spring
Tutorial Day Wednesdays
Time 10.00am - 12 noon
Lecturer Rooms   
Guy Thomson