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Lecture and Seminar Timetable

Lecture and Seminar Participation

  • Teaching consists of a weekly lecture and a seminar on a related topic. You are expected to attend both, and to undertake the readings assigned for each seminar.
  • You should supplement these activities with background reading, which will help you follow the “story” as the module progresses. We recommend one or more of the following. The Oxford Handbook is particularly good for gaining an awareness of changes in the historiography and research. Lectures and seminars will not make much sense if you don’t have this basic framework.

Course books covering the period from c1492 to the recent past (the whole course):

Course books about the Colonial Period:

    • Mark Burkholder and Lyman Johnson, Colonial Latin America, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010.
    • Kris Lane and Matthew Restall. Latin America in Colonial Times. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Websites about the Colonial Period (with timelines):

Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America 1520-1820. Fordham.

Digging into Early Colonial Mexico

Course books from Independence:

Useful Primary sources in the Modern Records Centre:

The Modern Records Centre has an excellent resource tailored to the course including digitised sources.The Human Rights in Latin America resource is especially useful for the study of social rights and labour in the early to mid-twentieth century since those documents could be digitised as they are out of copyright. However, their collection holds a lot of useful resources about human rights in the region from the later twentieth-century and up to the present day so it may be well worth a visit. There is some information below about their catalogue of material related to Latin America including a digitised collection about solidarity with Chile.

The Modern Records Centre has an excellent guide to Sources for the Study of Latin America available in their collection.

The Modern Records Centre has also produced the excellent Warwick Digital Archive of the Chile Solidarity Campaign.

  • Use your readings to prepare answers to the seminar questions listed for each week, and come to class prepared to discuss those questions with your tutor and fellow students. You may also be invited to prepare a short presentation for some sessions.
  • You can find a number of scanned chapters for the seminar readings at Chapter Scans

  • The reading list for each week and recordings of the lectures through lecture capture are available on the Moodle Page 2019/20

Online Course Bibliography.

Seminar groups

All groups run on Fridays and will be taught by Dr Rosie Doyle

  • 10:00-11:00
  • 11:00-12:00
  • 12:00-13:00
  • 14:00-15:00
  • 15:00-16:00




Lecture Schedule

All lectures on Wednesdays 12-1 in room LIB2

Term 1

1 Introduction to Latin America Themes and Problems (RD)
2 Before 1492: Iberia, Africa and the Americas (AC)
3 Early Contact in the Caribbean and Brazil (RD)

The Conquest of the Mainland (AC)


Structuring the Colonies: Labour, Demography, Administration (RE)

Lecture powerpoint

6 Reading Week (no class)

Colonial Society (RE)

Lecture Powerpoint


The Eighteenth Century (RE)

18C lecture powerpoint


Independence in the Americas (AC)


Nation-building in the Nineteenth Century (RE)

Nation-building powerpoint

Term 2


Slavery and Emancipation (RD)


Popular Democracy, Caste Wars, and State Formation (RD)


The US and Latin America (BS)

4 The Mexican Revolution and Latin America (AC)

Modernity in Latin America (RD)

6 Reading Week (no lecture)

Mid-twentieth-century Latin America: “Populism”, Labour Movements, and Nationalism (BS) 


Revolutionary Latin America (BS)

9 The Cold War and the Right In Latin America (BS)
10 Democratic Transitions and New Social Movements (BS)

Term 3


Latin America Today (BS)



History and Literature (RD)



Backward Looks and Forward Glances (RD)




Doctor Adrianna Catena (AC)

Doctor Rosie Doyle (RD)

Professor Rebecca Earle (RE)

Professor Ben Smith (BS)