In 1492 something unique in human history occurred: two worlds previously unknown to one another, the Native American and the Spanish, came face to face for the first time. The subject of this module will be what these two worlds made of each other. The two principal topics will be, first, how the peoples who lived under the Aztec and Inca Empires reacted to the coming of the Spaniards, and the religious, mythological and philosophical challenges such an event posed; and, second, how native religions interacted with Christianity. The module will assess the value of a variety of sources, of both Spanish and Native origin, including the works of Hernán Cortés, Bernal Díaz del Castillo and Bernardino de Sahagún. The aim of the module is to allow students to make an in-depth study of Native American Societies´ interpretation of the Spaniards in the era of the Conquest, and interaction with them thereafter, with particular attention to the blending of Christianity and native religions.
Assessment: 1 x 4,000-word Essay (100%).
Contact Hours: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week in both Semesters.
Convener: Dr. Nicholas Griffiths.
Note: Students need successfully to have completed at least one History module in either Y1 or Y2.