Latin America in the Independent Era

History 8B

Summer 2008
Second 6 Week Session
175 Barrows
Day & Time: 
MTWThF 11:30-1

This introductory course will treat, in broad brush terms, Latin American history since the end of the colonial period. Because of the enormous geographical and cultural range of Latin America we will not be able to ";cover"; all of its history. Nonetheless, by the time we complete the course, the student will have been introduced to some of the central themes of this dramatic and turbulent period and how they play themselves out in a wide range of regions from Mexico to Chile, from the Andes to Brazil, from the Caribbean to the dissolving borders of the twenty-first century. Colonial legacies and the multiple meanings of independence, new nations and emerging nationalisms, ethnicity and class, the North Atlantic economy and arrested economic development, the twentieth-century cycle of revolutionary movements and repressive military governments, the powerful forces of globalization, and recent strategies [economic, political, and cultural] to address long term structural inequalities are some of the central themes of this modern period. Beyond lectures and readings dealing with these themes, the serious student will immerse himself or herself in some of the foundational texts of the modern era. Grades will be based on section, quizzes, a midterm, a final [both exams will include take-home essays that will derive from course material].


Sign up for any available discussion section when registering for this course. Discussion section schedules for this course will be determined at the first class meeting.