Vision of the Vanquished: Native Society and Spaniards in America c1400-1600

Languages & Cultures, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 07241

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Module description

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 Hernan Cortés, Bernal Díaz del Castillo and Bernardino de Sahagún."