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

Summer 2003


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
86050 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
UTC 3.102

Course Description

In this course, students will study and compare two social revolutions in twentieth century Latin America: the Mexican Revolution of 1910 and the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Each qualifies as a social revolution because it experienced an abrupt transformation of political, economic, and social relationships. In addition, both the Mexican and Cuban Revolutions have 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 two revolutions have been so different. Discussions focus on the major historical theories of revolution, especially the recent work of sociologist Theda Skocpol. The subjects for comparative analysis include: the reasons for revolt, leaders and participants, post-revolutionary reforms, and the international consequences of Latin American revolutions.

Grading Policy

One's grade is based upon a mid-term essay examination on the Mexican Revolution (worth 300 points), two map assignments (50 points each), and a final essay examination on the Cuban Revolution in comparison to the Mexican (600 points). To earn an A, the student must have accumulated 900 or more points at the end of the session; a B, 800 to 899 points; and so forth. 


Juan M. Del Aguila, Cuba: Dilemmas of a Revolution REQUIRED READING PACKET available at Jenn's at 2200 Guadalupe:  Theda Skocpol, "A Structural Analysis of Social Revolutions" Jonathan Brown, "Foreign & Native-Born Workers in Porfirian Mexico" John Tutino, "Revolutionary Confrontation, 1913-1917" Jean Meyer, "Revolution and Reconstruction in the 1920s" Alan Knight, "The Rise and Fall of Cardenismo, 1930-1946" Louis Perez, "Cuba, c. 1930-59"


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