Modern Latin America

History 8B

Fall 2005
105 North Gate
Day & Time: 
MWF 9-10

This introductory course surveys the history of modern Latin America from independence to the present, with a strong emphasis on the twentieth century. Our focus will be on broad transformations in place, politics, identity, and work. The course will be built around comparative case studies of seven countries, chosen to reflect the diverse social geographies of the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala and Mexico. Topics covered include dependency and development; agrarian struggles and state building; migration and citizenship; urban growth and industrialization; popular culture and mass politics; social revolution and military dictatorship; and the role of the United States. Readings will be drawn from primary sources, personal narratives, ethnographies and historical monographs, and will be supplemented by films and music. Requirements include participation in discussion sections, a research project using primary sources, an in-class mid-term and a final.


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