Course Description


HIST 384 History of Mexico (3)

Kenneth Serbin

CRN 30 Limit  25
3-week Pre Session (6/5 – 6/23)
M – Th           
5:30 – 8:45 p.m.       
This course is a survey of the history of Mexico. It begins with an examination of indigenous peoples and empires. European conquest colonization, and the formation of Mexican civilization. We will carefully examine society during the colonial period with a focus on economic activity, the influence of the Catholic Church, and construction of the state. We will further discuss the formation of the modern Mexican nation beginning with the independence wars in 1810 and the subsequent formation of the republic and the tensions it produced. Mexico’s stability under the Porfiriato and the political, social, and religious explosions of the Mexican Revolution are a centerpiece of this course. We will then study the consolidation and decay of the revolutionary process with its culmination in the massacre at Tlatelolco in 1968. The remainder of the course will address contemporary political and social change in Mexico. We will discuss Mexico in comparative contrast with other Latin American societies.  Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Monday, May 15.