Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course is designed to give students an overview of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Latin America from independence (roughly 1821) to the present, with the colonial backdrop as a foundation. Broadly speaking, class material will be presented in a chronological fashion, but within those broad chronological divisions, we will be examining material thematically and regionally by focusing on specific countries as examples. We will specifically focus on the different themes that affected the way societies were organized and developed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and how broad national trends affected individuals’ lives. Specific themes include: independence movements, nation-building, liberal-oligarchical regimes, revolutionary movements, US-Latin American relations, and popular culture.
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