J. Pablo Silva  
Spring Semester 2005
History 204. Radical Movements in Twentieth-Century Latin America

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Week 2: January 31
Week 3: February 7
Week 4: February 14
Week 5: February 21
Week 6: February 28
Week 7: March 7
Week 8: March 14
Week 9: April 4
Week 10: April 11
Week 11: April 18
Week 12: April 25
Week 13: May 2
Week 14: May 9

Required Texts

Assignments

Research Paper

Exams

Grading

 

 

Case 1. The Mexican Revolution (weeks 1-2)
Monday, 24 January
How was Latin America colonized and how did it become independent?
  Gonzales, The Mexican Revolution, pp. .
   
Wednesday, 26 January
What are the contours of Latin America's 19th Century?
  Gonzales, The Mexican Revolution, pp. .
   
Friday, 28 January
What are the contours of Latin America's 20th Century?
  Gonzales, The Mexican Revolution, pp. .

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Monday, 31 January
What's the Story of the Mexican Revolution?
  Gonzales, The Mexican Revolution, pp. .
   
Wednesday, 2 February
Another Look at the Revolution
  Gonzales, The Mexican Revolution, pp. .
   
Friday, 4 February
Was it a Real Revolution?
  Gonzales, The Mexican Revolution, pp. .

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Week 3
Monday, 7 February
What were the Results of the Revolution? I
  "Making a Revolution," Handout. We will meet in the Library for a Research Orientation.
   
Wednesday, 9 February
What were the Results of the Revolution? II
  "Making a Revolution," Handout.
   
Friday, 11 February
Was it really a Revolution?
  Paper Topics are Due. Document Readings, Handout.
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Week 4  
Monday, 14 February
Was it really a Revolution?
  "Popular Cultural Revolutionary Mexico," Online.
   
Wednesday, 16 February
What were the Long-term Effects?
  Perpetuating Power, pp. 3-61.
   
Friday, 18 February
What were the Long Term effects?
  Perpetuating Power, pp. 63-129.

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Section 2. Populism in Brazil (weeks 5-8)
Week 5  
Monday, 21 February
What was Populism?
  Review Chasteen, pp. 213-43.
   
Wednesday, 23 February
Why Populism, Why Then?
 

"The War and the Workers," Handout.

   
Friday, 25 February
Who was Vargas?
  Father of the Poor, pp. 1-12.
Documents, Handout.

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Week 6  
Monday, 28 February
Was Vargas a Radical?
  Father of the Poor, pp. 13-74.
   
Wednesday, 2 March
Did he Change Politics?
  Father of the Poor, pp. 75-138.
   
Thursday, 3 March Paper Bibliographies are due. Remember to include a title page.
   
Friday, 4 March
Was Populism All Top Down?
 
French, pp. 1-40.

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Week 7  
Monday, 7 March
Was Populism All Top Down?
 
French, pp. 41-91.
   
Wednesday, 9 March
Was Populism All Top Down?
  French, pp. 103-151.
   
Friday, 11 March
Was Populism All Top Down?
  French, pp. 199-284.

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Section 3. The Cuban Revolution (weeks 8-9)
Week 8  
Monday, 14 March
Where did Latin American Comunism Come From?
 

Review Chasteen, pp. 245-269.
Utopia Unarmed, pp. 3-50.

   
Wednesday, 16 March
What Were the Roots of Revolution in Cuba?
  The Cuban Revolution, pp. 3-60.
Thursday, 17 March
   
Friday, 18 March
What did the Revolution do in Power?
  The Cuban Revolution, pp. 61-120.

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Spring Break, 19 March to 3 April
Week 9  
Monday, 4 April
Why was the Revolution Important?
  Utopia Unarmed, pp. 51-89.
   
Wednesday, 6 April
Why was the Revolution Important? (II)
  Utopia Unarmed, pp. 90-128.
   
Friday, 8 April
Can Armed Struggle be Coldly Analyzed?
  Guerrillas & Revolution, pp. 3-48.

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Section 6. Nicaragua & El Salvador (weeks 10-11)
Week 10  
Monday, 11 April
How can we explain the First Wave of Guerrillas?
  Guerrillas & Revolution, pp. 51-91, 154-206.
Wednesday, 13 April
  Argument Summaries are Due. Remember to include your previous stages.
Friday, 15 April
What Caused the Second Wave of Guerrillas?
  Guerrillas & Revolution, pp. 209-230.

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Week 11  
Monday, 18 April
How did things turn out in El Salvador?
  Children of Cain, pp. 219-270.
   
Wednesday, 20 April
How did things turn out in Nicaragua?
  Children of Cain, pp. 273-329.
   
Friday, 22 April
What accounts for Outcomes in the Second Wave?
  Guerrillas & Revolution, pp. 302-326.

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Section 5. The Neo-Liberal Revolution (weeks 8-9)
Week 12  
Monday, 25 April
What are the Roots of the Neo-Liberal Revolution?
  Handout
Wednesday, 27 April What is Neo-Liberalism in Chile All about?
  The Chilean Miracle, Handout.
Review Chasteen, pp. 307-321.
Thursday, 28 April
Introductions are Due. Remember to include a title page and your previous stages.
 

 

Friday, 29 April
Tyrrany and Law?
  Constitutionalism and Dictatorship, pp. 117-166.

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Week 13  
Monday, 2 May
Pinochet's Constitution
  Constitutionalism and Dictatorship, pp. 167-216.
   
Wednesday, 4 May
Dictatorship and Constitutional Rule?
  Constitutionalism and Dictatorship, pp. 255-307.
   
Friday, 6 May
What happened to the Left Under Pinochet?
  Children of Cain, pp. 333-387.

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Week 14  
Monday, 9 May
What Happened to the Left in Latin America?
  Utopia Unarmed, pp. 129-74.
   
Wednesday, 11 May
How is the Left Changing?
  Utopia Unarmed, pp. 390-426.
Friday, 13 May
Conclusion and Review
   
Tuesday, 17 May

Final Exam is at 9 AM. Final Draft is Due. Remember to include a title page and all your previous drafts.

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