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

Spring 2010


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Course Description

This course provides a survey of the history of Latin America from the wars of independence at the beginning of the nineteenth century through the present. We will look at the process of nation building in the aftermath of independence, the rise of the Age of Liberalism in the late nineteenth century and the emergence of military and revolutionary movements in the twentieth century. The course will focus on such key themes as liberalism, racial and gender relations, populism, religion, communism, revolution and democracy. Alongside these key themes we will devote a significant portion of the semester examining Latin America's relation with the world - especially with the United States - and how this relationship has shaped Latin American societies.

Students will be asked to study these issues through the careful reading of different historical sources, including texts, articles, novels and films. The course will consist of lectures organized according to the course outline below, but we will reserve particular days for discussion of the assigned readings and assignments, including writing and historical methods.


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