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

Spring 2005


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Course Description

“Latin America” is a broad term that does disservice to the diverse character of the countries of Central and South America (Mexico and the Caribbean included). This is most clear during the two centuries of history that follow the independence of most of the region's nations in the early nineteenth century. This course will explore the economic, social, political, and cultural history of the national period in Latin America (roughly 1810 to the present). Primary sources will be used to examine the multi-cultural history of the region: Native American, European, and African. The course employs a mixed approach, both chronological and thematic. Special emphasis will be placed on social and political movements seeking to liberate the residents of Latin America from injustice and poverty-attempts to make real the promise of Independence. Finally, the class seeks both to sharpen the students' understanding of the area and stimulate an appreciation for the techniques of historical inquiry and analysis.

Grading Policy

Three exams: 50% Two book reviews: 35% Map assignment: 5% Class participation: 10%


*Thomas E. Skidmore and Peter H. Smith, Modern Latin America. *Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude *Rigoberta Menchu, I, Rigoberta Menchu *Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, The Communist Manifesto *Document Packet


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