20th Century Latin America From Revolution to Repression Neo Liberalism to Indigenous Resurgence (HIST 278.3)

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HIST 278 02 January 2016


This course explores the history of Latin America from the 1920s to today. It mixes economic, social, political, intellectual and environmental approaches. Important themes that will be explored include the rise of radical political ideas in the 1920s, revolutionary movements in the 1950s to the 1970s, the spread of a repressive national-security state abetted by US military assistance in the 1960s and 1970s, the dominance of neo-liberal economic models in the wake of the debt crisis in the 1980s, the emergence of vibrant indigenous and popular struggles in opposition in the 1980s and 1990s and the nature of the Latin American social democratic alternatives, as diverse as Brazil under the Workers? Party and the Bolivia under Evo Morales. The course will also explore the influence of the drug trade on Latin American society and politics, and contemporary environmental and social conflicts over mining and other resource extraction.


3 credit units 100-Level HIST or permission of the department.


Post-1815; Other Regions. Students with credit for HIST 271.6 may not take this course for credit.

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