ChLa 340 Mayas, Aztecs, and Chicanos

Will focus on the flourishing of Mayan civilization and the cultural and artistic contributions of other Mesoamerican societies, such as the Aztecs, during the Classic and Post-Classic period. The fall of the Aztec so-called empire will be studied, including the first years of New Spain's viceregal society, which saw the beginning of class and race relations. Early-Mexican identity will be explored during this period, including its relations to Chicano identity.