History | H212 2722 Latin American Culture & Civ 2 11:15-12:30P TR BH347 Guardino
H212 | 2722 | Guardino P


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
	Above section carries culture studies credit

This course will survey the history of Latin America from the early
nineteenth century to the present.  Although we will survey almost two
centuries of history, the second half of the course will be dedicated to the
last fifty years, including a hard look at Latin America today.  Certainly
we will pay politics and government their due, but the emphasis will be on
social history, the forces that shape everyday life and the way people make
sense of their lives.  Latin America's last two centuries have been
dominated by the construction of national states and the evolution of
capitalist economies.  The course will focus on how social movements both
reflected and drove these two major transformations.  We will investigate
the social and environmental implications of various models of economic
development, the opportunities and problems which result from economic ties
to wealthy countries, changing patterns of ethnicity, gender, and class in
Latin America, and the efforts of Latin American people to construct stable
and equitable political systems.  The general approach of the course will be
thematic but examples will be drawn from the histories of various Latin
American countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua,
Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba.

Students will complete two essay exams and two short papers.  Course
materials will include the Oscar-winning fictional films, "The Official
Story" and "Viva Zapata", documentary videos, B. Traven's novel The
Rebellion of the Hanged, Alicia Portnoy's memoir The Little School, Warren
Dean's environmental history With Broadax and Firebrand, Sandra Lauderdale
Graham's social history House and Street, and George Collier's Basta!, an
analysis of the recent rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico.