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. One reviewer noted that story of Alberto Fujimori’s presidency “has broader implications beyond Peru in the 1990s and is a cautionary tale about the risks to democracy posed by the fight against terrorism.”  Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

B. Agree or disagree: “When Albert Fujimori took office in 1990, he embarked on a program to control inflation and defeat the Shining Path, and he accomplished both.  Now, he is in jail for corruption.  Instead, he should be set free and hailed as a hero.”