HIS 346S • Revolution in 20th Century Latin America
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
The twentieth century has been an era of unprecedented change in Latin America, not the least of which has been the occurrence of four social revolutions. In this course, students will study the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the Bolivian Revolution of 1952, the Cuban Revolution of 1959, and the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1979. Each qualifies as a social revolution because the countries experienced abrupt and violent transformations in their domestic political, economic, and social relationships. They have also challenged the foreign policy of the United States. Students in this course will determine why these cases of political violence led to social change and why the results of the four revolutions have been so different. Moreover, students will compare these cases to other insurrections in Guatemala, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, and Chile that had failed to produce social revolution. Discussions focus on the major historical theories of revolution, especially the recent work of sociologist Theda Skocpol and on the separate cases of social revolution, populism, and counter-revolution.
Student requirements and preparations for the course include reading the equivalent of three books, participating in discussion sections on those books, and attending and taking notes on the lectures and media presentations. In addition, each student will complete a map assignment and a three-page analysis based on the book by Winn.
One's final grade will consist of the following graded exercises: A map assignment worth 50 points or 5 % of the final grade; A mid-term examination worth 275 points or 27.5 % of the final grade; A written book analysis worth 275 points or 27.5 % of the final grade; And a final examination worth 400 points or 40 % of the final grade. The accumulation of points at the end of the semester determines the student's final grade: i.e., 900 points or more for an A, 800 or more for a B, and so forth. Please understand that NO ONE WILL MISS AN ASSIGNMENT OR EXAMINATION WITHOUT A PHYSICIAN'S EXCUSE. Unexcused late assignments receive appropriate grade reductions.
John Booth & T. Walker, UNDERSTANDING CENTRAL AMERICA Peter Winn, WEAVERS OF REVOLUTION Marifeli Pérez-Stable, THE CUBAN REVOLUTION Various, WORKERS CONTROL IN LATIN AMERICA Supplemental Readings at Jenn's Copying, 2200 Guadalupe