History | Social, Political and Cultural Themes in 19th and 20th Century Latin American History
H665 | 24992 | James


A portion of the above section reserved for majors

This course aims to introduce students to a variety of readings and
analyses of issues in post-Independence Latin American history. The
themes will cover a wide variety of historiographical topics and
geographic regions. In all cases the topics have been chosen both
for their intrinsic interest and for the historiographical debate
they have incited. Thus the readings will include texts that refer
specifically to a given historical phenomenon and also broader texts
that refer to specific schools of thought.

Thus, for example, the course begins with an examination of the
figure of Juan Manuel de Rosas in early 19th Century Argentina. In
addition to examining issues concerning the origins and nature of
caudillismo, and the different interpretations of Rosas within
Argentine historiography, we will also read Ricardo Salvatore’s new
book on the era of Rosas with its explicit invocation of subaltern
studies as an interpretative paradigm. Other topics will include the
late 19th Century henequen economy in the Yucatan; millenarian
movements in late 19th/early 20th Century Brazil; social banditry in
the first half of the twentieth century; populism in 20th Century
Latin America; political revolution in 20th Century Latin America:
the case of Cuba; popular culture in historical perspective. In all
cases the basic goal is to introduce students to an important series
of texts and to acquaint them with important elements of the
historiographical paradigm.

For more information call 855-6321 or email dajames@indiana.edu.