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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2006

LAS 366 • 3-MODERN LATIN AMERICA

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39635 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
UTC 4.132
GURIDY

Course Description

This course surveys the history of Latin America from the period of the Wars for Independence in the early 19th century until the present. While it aims to provide students with an understanding of the region as a whole, due to time constraints, the course will focus primarily on the histories of Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, and Guatemala. The major objective of the class is to explore the racial, class, and gender hierarchies that emerged out of the region's colonial and precolonial past and their impact on the lives of Latin American people. Course materials will include, primary documents, films, and works produced by historians. We will explore such topics as the struggle to create "nations" and the creation of a neocolonial order in the 19th century. We will also examine the ways that popular mobilization against neocolonial social hierarchies led to the refashioning of the nation throughout the 20th century. We will conclude our survey with an examination of the neoliberal order in the increasingly transnational world of the early twenty-first century. This arc of the class prompts students to think about the history of the Americas as a history of transnational processes and the multiple ways they are affecting the lives of Latin American peoples in the present.

Grading Policy

3 Tests at 25% each 75% Active Class participation 25%

Texts

John Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire José Vasconcelos, The Cosmic Race/La Raza Cñsmica C. Peter Ripley, Conversations with Cuba Daniel Wilkinson, Silence on the Mountain Coursepack Readings

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