History | F536 2779 Modern Central American History 1:00-2:15. MW BH103 Gould
F536 | 2779 | Gould J

	Above section meets with Hist F336 and LTAM L403

We will attempt to get beyond the ideological uses of Central American
history that dominated political discourse during the 1980s and impeded
efforts at understanding contemporary events.  While probing the historical
roots of the recent violence we will focus on the role of ethnic and racial
relations.  This course will focus on the following major events and
processes that have shaped modern Central America, in particular: 1)
Liberalism and the Coffee boom, 1870-1930.  2) Racism and the African
diaspora in Central America.  3) Augusto Cesar Sandino's guerrilla war
against the U.S. Marines in Nicaragua.  4) La Matanza, the Communist-led
rural rebellion and the subsequent massacre by the Salvadoran army of
between 10-30,000 Indian rebels.  5) The Democratic Revolution in Guatemala,
1944-1954, with special emphasis on the role of Indians.  6) Revolution and
Counter-revolution in the 1980s (with special emphasis on Indians in
Nicaragua and Guatemala).  The students will read primary and secondary
sources that reflect different perspectives on these major events in the
region's history.

Lectures will often be followed by class discussions that will involve
debates about the issues raised in the readings.  Grading:  Paper-25% , Mid
term-30%, Final-35%, Participation-10%.