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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2008

HIS 386L • Hist of Soc in Mod Central America

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Course Description

This seminar will focus on the social and political history of the five nations of Central America in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will read the historiography that examines critical issues such as: the emergence of agrarian republics, the challenges of state formation in the 19th century, the influence and intervention of the "great powers" (Great Britain, the United States, and transnational corporations), the historical impact of natural disasters, the emergence of a banana frontier, the development of active and passive protest movements, and the Cold War in Central America. We will frame much of our discussion around how these themes are affected by and affect questions of race, class and identity. Finally, we will look at questions relating to long-term violence and historical memory, and how they impact and influence our understanding of a nation's recent traumatic past.

Grading Policy

Grading Weekly readings and discussion. Two in-depth presentations to class on readings. 25-30 page research paper, based largely on primary sources.


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