Modern Latin America

History 8B

Spring 2010
3 LeConte
Day & Time: 
TuTh 9:30-11

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 politics, place, identity, and work. The course will be built around comparative case studies of six main countries, with occasional discussion of developments in other countries. 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 include a range of primary sources as well as historical monographs, supplemented by films and music. Requirements include participation in discussion sections, a group research project, an individual research paper, an in-class mid-term and a final.