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Lecture 2

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Political Science
Prof Fonseca

Chapter 1 - Modern latin american history begins with the independence movement in the early 1800s - What are the legacies of colonialism in Latin America? - Christian Faith - Multi-ethnic region and population - Caste hierarchies with risidual cultural life in the subtle orm of bias and preference - At the point of contact spanish colonizers recognizes similarities in the complex social structures of the amerindians and their own and exploited this by absorbing some of the amerindian elite in the the apex of spanish civilization. - The amerindian elite were co-operative with the spanish and so were used to exact tribute from lower status amerindians. - this was a form of indirect rule - Amerindians owned the country side in spanish america with whites scattered amoung them in small towns in estates. - in Brazil however whites were concentrated in a few port towns most notably rio de janniero. - West europeans were a minority in a population of millions of coloured people. - miscengenation is deemed by the authors to have not only been inevitable but encouraged due to the absence of a substantive female european population. (9:1 odds of West european men to w
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