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

Fall 2003


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37580 F
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
GAR 205

Course Description

This seminar focuses on Colombia, a nation region characterized throughout the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries by class, ethnic, racial, regional tensions culminating in rebellions and civil wars. Participants in the seminar will study especially outbreaks of violence as windows into society. They will discuss the different interpretations offered in the literature and the role they attribute to class, ethnicity, race, regionalism, politics, religion, and socioeconomic transformations in revolt and armed conflict. Major attention will be given to the rebellions produced by the Wars of Independence; the nineteenth-century civil wars; the War of the Thousand Days; the VIOLENCIA in the mid twentieth-century; the current armed conflict between the military, the right-wing paramilitary, guerrillas, narco-landowners and its effects on indigenous and Afro-Colombian populations; and the U.S.-led Plan Colombia.


Bushnell, David. THE MAKING OF MODERN COLOMBIA: A NATION IN SPITE OF ITSELF. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. Bergquist, Charles, Ricardo Peñaranda, and Gonzalo Sánchez, eds. VIOLENCE IN COLOMBIA. THE CONTEMPORARY CRISIS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 1992. Bergquist, Charles, Ricardo Peñaranda, and Gonzalo Sánchez, eds. VIOLENCE IN COLOMBIA, 1990-2000. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 2001. Roldan, Mary. BLOOD AND FIRE : LA VIOLENCIA IN ANTIOQUIA, COLOMBIA, 1946-1953. Durham, NC : Duke Univ. Press, 2002. Several additional readings in Spanish, published in Colombia.


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