From the Old- to the Alt-Right: A Comparative History of Right-Wing Politics Across the Americas

History 103E.002

Fall 2017
3104 Dwinelle
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Th 10-12
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This seminar examines right-wing and conservative politics in Latin America and the United States from the early twentieth century to the present. We will explore different forms of right-wing politics and how they can intersect with religion, political parties, the armed forces, geo-politics, social movements, journalism, and gender identities. In this course, students will be encouraged to consider how the meaning of "the right" has changed over time; how the it compares in different countries; and how right-wing politics have circulated across the Americas. Our readings will include case studies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and the United States.

David Tamayo is a PhD candidate in Latin American history, with an emphasis on modern Mexico. His dissertation studies the role that US-transnational voluntary associations, such as the Lions, Rotary, and other service clubs, had in organizing and politicizing the Mexican middle classes from the 1920s to the 1970s.