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

Spring 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41025 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
BUR 216

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.

Grading Policy

Grade Breakdown: First two tests at 25% each 50% Final Exam 30% Active Class participation 20%


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