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

Fall 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39370 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
UTC 4.134

Course Description

The twentieth century has been an era of unprecedented change in Latin America, not the least of which has been the occurrence of four social revolutions. In this course, students will study the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the Bolivian Revolution of 1952, the Cuban Revolution of 1959, and the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1979. Each qualifies as a social revolution because the countries experienced abrupt and violent transformations in their domestic political, economic, and social relationships. They have also 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 four revolutions have been so different. Moreover, students will compare these cases to other insurrections - in Guatemala, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, and Chile - that had failed to produce social revolution. Discussions focus on the major historical theories of revolution, especially the work of sociologist Theda Skocpol and on the separate cases of social revolution, populism, and counter-revolution. Student requirements and preparations for the course include reading the equivalent of three books, participating in discussion sections on those books, and attending and taking notes on the lectures and media presentations. In addition, each student will complete a map assignment and a three-page analysis based on a book chosen from the bibliographies of the textbooks. One's final grade will consist of the following graded exercises: A map assignment worth 50 points or 5 % of the final grade; A mid-term examination worth 200 points or 20 % of the final grade; A written book analysis worth 350 points or 35 % of the final grade; And a final examination worth 400 points or 40 % of the final grade. The accumulation of points at the end of the semester determines the student's final grade: i.e., 900 points or more for an A, 800 or more for a B, and so forth. Please understand that NO ONE WILL MISS AN ASSIGNMENT OR EXAMINATION WITHOUT A PHYSICIAN'S EXCUSE. Unexcused late assignments receive appropriate grade reductions. REQUIRED TEXTS: Skidmore & Smith, Modern Latin America, 5th ed. Brown, Workers' Control in Latin America VIDEOS on RESERVE at FAC 300 Mexico, Vidcass 7525, volume 1 Crisis in Central America, Vidcass 372, volumes 1, 2, 3


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