Latin America

141B Fall 2013 Social History of Latin America

Right now, protests are going on in Brazil about increased bus fares, among other issues. A year ago, students led social protests in Chile, demanding better access to higher education. What causes people to finally say, “¡ya basta!”? How has Latin America’s long history of social inequality played out in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries? How do authoritarian governments react to—and perhaps contribute to—protests, strikes, and revolutions?

8B Fall 2013 Modern Latin America

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 transfomations in politics, place, identity, and work. 

8B Spring 2013 Modern Latin America

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 h

143 Spring 2013 The History of Brazil

This course provides undergraduates with an introduction to modern Brazilian history from the arrival of the Portuguese court in 1808 through the triumph of the Workers Party in 2003. Two centuries after João VI elevated his colony to a kingdom, Brazil continues to straddle the first and third worlds. The course traces the historic contradictions characterizing the nation’s economic, political and social development.

103E.003 Fall 2012 Latin American Borderlands

The study of U.S.-Mexico borderlands has gained traction in the Latin America historiography as interest has grown in transnational identities, ethno-racial politics and the cross-border flow of peoples, goods and violence.  In this seminar we will consider how constructed geo-political boundaries and socio-cultural space encompassed by the region have reproduced cultural, economic and political exchanges between indigenous, Iberian, mestizo and Anglophone communities.  Our readings of secondary sources will problematize the idea of the nation-state as a primary unit of historical

280E Fall 2012 Colonial Latin American Historiography

This class is intended to give Ph.D. students who specialize in the history of modern Latin America or who are taking a second or outside field in Latin American history the chance to prepare a colonial orals field.  Although the emphasis is on historiography, as a 275 promises, the format will be somewhat different from an ordinary 275.  We will “read” one book in common each week, and every other week you will “read” one additional book (we will stagger these additional readings so that half the class is reporting on their book every other week).


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