IS/HIST 358: Peru

Dr. Jesse Hingson

Response Paper Topics

Directions: Respond to only one question under each paper topic by incorporating both the film/documentary and the readings.  Please note clearly which question you are answer by writing it at the top of each response.


Response Paper #1

A. Agree or disagree: “The Inca Empire was a well-governed and peaceful empire by the time that the Spaniards arrived and was easily defeated by a handful of Spanish conquistadors mainly due to their inferior weapons and fighting ability.” 

B. Agree or disagree: “The diversity of indigenous cultures in Peru prior to the Spanish conquest has a direct connection with how the region developed after the Spanish conquest.” 


Response Paper #2

A. Comparing the resource booms of the nineteenth century (i.e., guano, nitrate, rubber, etc.) with Peru’s recent gold boom, what decisions by Peru’s leaders during the nineteenth century continue to impact the country until today?

B. Agree or disagree: “Peru’s experiences in economic and political development during the nineteenth century show that grafting foreign solutions onto local Peruvian problems works.”


Response Paper #3

A. In Peru’s 2016 presidential election, Keiko Fujimori, Alberto Fujimori’s daughter, narrowly lost, and Fuerza Popular (Popular Force), Fujimori’s party, holds a solid majority in Peru’s congress.  One blogger recently noted that the return of Fujimorismo “would not be so bad”.  Considering Peru’s experience with authoritarianism and corruption during the 20th century, do you agree or disagree?

B. Recently, a politician in Latin America stated: “Populism is like going to a party in which you get as much alcohol as you can—but the next morning your head explodes.”   Considering Peru’s experiences with populism from both the Left and Right during the 20th century, would you agree?