History | The Promise and Failure of Revolutionary Movements
H765 | 28989 | Gould


Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with LTAM-L526

This course's primary aim is to aid students to research and write
scholarly articles and/or potential dissertation chapters. The
course will also have a common theme: the promise and failure of
Latin American revolutionary movements during the 1960s and 1970s.
The class will begin with some methodological readings that will
orient the student about different approaches to historical
research. The subsequent readings will address several questions:
a). What were the key debates and what was the relationship between
scholarship and politics in the 1960s and 1970s? Are the unresolved
debates from that era still relevant? B). What were the causes,
consequences and historical significance of the Latin American 1968?
c) Since 1989, intellectuals and scholars have attributed violence
in Latin America and elsewhere to revolutionary utopian thought. How
do we evaluate that argument, particularly in the light of
Liberation Theology? Specifically, in the Central American case, US
policy makers and some academics argue that it was the revolutionary
left that provoked the violent response of the state and thus bears
a major responsibility for the human tragedy that engulfed the
region. During the 1970s, were there other alternatives to achieving
social change and democracy in the region? d) Indigenous and women’s
movements have also levied significant charges against the
revolutionary left for its blindness and insensitivity toward issues
of ethnicity and gender. One question that emerges from this
discussion is whether or not the left enabled, while limiting, the
emergence of these social movements.  Although students will be
encouraged to link their topic with the specific themes of the
course, they will not be required to do so. Student research,
however, should have some bearing on some aspect of the course.