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An outline of a lecture comparing North and South/Central America during the 19th century, in the context of post-colonial studies and comparative history.

An outline of a lecture comparing North and South/Central America during the 19th century, in the context of post-colonial studies and comparative history.

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Comparing Post-Colonial 19c Americas

  1. 1. 19th Century Americas<br />Comparing Post-Colonial Societies<br />
  2. 2. Common elements<br />Rich natural resources, land<br />Indigenous people decline rapidly<br />High rates of immigration, multi-racial society<br />Slavery<br />Christianity<br />Colonial societies that attain liberation<br />Enlightenment influences<br />Foreign investment<br />
  3. 3. Divergence<br />Political Stability<br />Civil War emergency and Lincoln's assassination<br />caudillos<br />Economic Development<br />Peripheral South<br />Mercantile/Industrial North<br />Cultural Change<br />Women's Movement<br />
  4. 4. Similarities mask differences<br />North<br />Self-rule<br />Protestantism, diversity<br />Plantations and Trade<br />Racial binary, anti-immigrant movements but white society relatively open<br />Native Americans moved, not used as labor<br />South<br />Viceroyalities<br />Catholicism, some syncretic elements<br />Haciendas and mining<br />Racial continuum, no major anti-immigrant movements, but hierarchical<br />Native Americans exploited, integrated<br />
  5. 5. "It's not enough merely to list x number of causes. It is the task of the historian to reduce a given list of causes to order by establishing a causal hierarchy, and to relate the items in this hierarchy to one another." <br />-- Fredrik Logevall, H-NET (H-Diplo, H-Asia).<br />
  6. 6. Root causes? Hard to Pin Down<br />Not Likely:<br />Protestant v. Catholic<br />Racial mix or hierarchy<br />Possibilities:<br />English Self-Rule v. Spanish Viceroyalties<br />semi-metropole v. periphery<br />
  7. 7. Jonathan Dresner, "Comparing 19c North and South America" http://dresnerworld.edublogs.org/resources/19c-north-and-south-america/<br />Faden, W., A Map of America, or the New World, etc. 1797 http://www.voyagerantiquemaps.com/maps/137/a-map-of-america-or-the-new-world.html<br />

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