Modern Latin America

History 8B

Spring 2013
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-1230P

This introductory course to Latin American history, after presenting some of the region's geographical and colonial background, will narrate, with broad brush, Latin American history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Because of the enormous range of nations, of histories, of geographies, we will not be able to "cover" all of Latin America's history.  Indeed, coverage is impossible.  Nonetheless, by the time we complete the course, the engaged student will have been introduced to some of the central themes of this dramatic and turbulent period and how these themes play themselves out in a variety of regions from Mexico to Chile, from the Andes to Brazil, from Central America to the Caribbean to the dissolving borders of the 21st-century.  Some of the central themes of the modern period which we will address in this course are colonial legacies and the multiple meanings of independence, ethnicity and class in the new nations and mutating nationalisms, the dynamism of the North Atlantic economy and the deformations of Latin America's arrested economic development, differing Latin American strategies to address long-term structural inequalities in the twentieth century, the cycles of revolutionary movements and repressive military governments, and the powerful forces of neoliberal globalization and Latin American resistance. Grades will be based quizzes, a midterm, and a final that will include a term paper and an in-class exam.

Course Books

Revolutionary Horizons by Hylton, F. and Thomson, S. Verso. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1844670970 Required
The Inhabited Woman by Belli, Giocanda University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0299206840 Required
The Motorcycle Diaries by Guevara, Ernest "Che" San Val. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1417664030 Required
Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala by kinzer, stephen and schlesinger, stephen David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0674019300 Required
Mystery of Samba: Popular Music and National Identity by Vianna, Hermano University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0807847664 Required
House of the Spirits by Allende, Isabel Dial Press. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0553383805 Required
Poverty of Progress: Latin America in the 19th Century by Burns, E. Bradford UC Press. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0520050785 Required
Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America [3rd edition] by Chasteen, John Charles WW Norton. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0393911541 Required