History | Modern Central American History
F336 | 2661 | Gould

TR 2:30P-3:45P BH205

Above section carries Culture Studies credit. A portion of the above
section reserved for majors F336 : Graduate students register for HIST
F536F336 : Meets with HIST  F536 and  LTAM L403

We will attempt to get beyond the ideological uses of Central American
history that dominated political discourse during the 1980's and impeded
efforts at understanding contemporary events.  While probing the
historical roots of the recent violence we 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 1980's (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.