J. Pablo Silva  
Fall Semester 2011
History 202. The History of Modern Latin America

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Syllabus

Week 2: September 5
Week 3: September 12
Week 4: September 19
Week 5: September 26
Week 6: October 3
Week 7: October 10
Week 8: October 24
Week 9: October 31
Week 10: November 7
Week 11: November 14
Week 12: November 21
Week 13: November 28
Week 14: December 5

Required Texts

Assignments

Research Paper

Exams

Grading

 

 

Introduction and Overview (week 1)
Friday, 26 August
What is Latin America?
  Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 15-57.
   
Monday, 29 August
How was Latin America colonized and how did it become independent?
  Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 59-147.
   
Wednesday, 31 August
What are the contours of Latin America's 19th Century?
  Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 149-246.
   
Friday, 2 September
What are the contours of Latin America's 20th Century?
  Map Quiz
Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 249-329.

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Section 1. Tumultuous New Nations (weeks 2-4)
Monday, 5 September
What Happened After Independence? Brazil
  Barman, "Born to Rule," on e-reserve.
   
Wednesday, 7 September
What Happened After Independence? Colombia
  Bushnell, "The Gran Colombian Experiment," on e-reserve.
   
Friday, 9 September
What Happened in Mexico?
  Wasserman, 3-90.
 

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Week 3
Monday, 12 September
What Happened in Argentina?
  Rock, "Revolution and Dictatorship," on e-reserve.
   
Wednesday, 14 September
What did Argentine Liberals Think?
  Facundo, 9-103.
   
Friday, 16 September
What did Argentine Liberals Think?
  Facundo, 104-176.
Friday, 16 September Paper Topics are Due.  

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Section 2. Building Order (weeks 4-5)
Week 4  
Monday, 19 September
How did Argentine Liberals Adjust?
  Argentine Federales vs. Unitarios, on Blackboard.
   
Wednesday, 21 September
How did Colombian Liberals Adjust?
  Colombian Liberals vs. Conservatives, on Blackboard.
   
Friday, 23 September
How did Mexican Liberals Adjust?
  Reread Chasteen, 98-100, 106-7.
Mexican Liberalism Documents, e-reserves.

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Week 5  
Monday, 26 September
Why did the turmoil matter? An Economic Perspective.
  Coatsworth, "Obstalces to Economic Growth."
Wednesday, 28 September
How did Latin America Fit into the Big Picture?
  Williamson, "The First Global Century," on e-reserve.
Friday, 30 September
How did Mexico Recover?
  Wasserman, pp. 93-157.

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Section 3. Export Booms and Busts (weeks 6-7)
Week 6  
Monday, 3 October
How did Latin America Boom?
  Reread Chasteen, pp. 149-211.
Glade, on e-reserve.
Wednesday, 5 October
How did Mexico Boom?
  Wasserman, pp. 161-232.
Thursday, 6 October Paper Bibliographies are due. Remember to include a title page.
   
Friday, 7 October
What was the Downside? I
 
Burns, The Poverty of Progress, pp. 1-85.

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Week 7  
Monday, 10 October
What was the Downside? II
  Burns, The Poverty of Progress, pp. 86-154.
   
Wednesday, 12 October
Why didn't the boom translate into long term economic advance?
  Barham & Coomes, on JStor.
   
Friday, 14 October
EXAM

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Fall Break, 15 October to 23 October

Section 4. National Development 1914-47 (weeks 8-9)
Week 8  
Monday, 24 October
How and Why did Latin America Change Direction? Imperialism
  Reread Chasteeen, "Nationalism."
Smith, "Gospel of Democracy," on e-reserve.
Schoultz, "Dollar Diplomacy" and "Continuing to Help," on e-reserve.
   
Wednesday, 26 October
How and Why did Latin America Change Direction? Revolution
  Mexican Revolution.
   
Friday, 28 October
How and Why did Latin America Change Direction? Mobilization
  Spalding and
Source Assignment Due in Class.

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Week 9  
Monday, 31 October
How did thinking change in Latin America? I
  Stepan, Hour of Eugenics, on e-reserve.
   
Wednesday, 2 November
How did thinking change in Latin America? II
  Rodo on wikipedia & e-mail.
Da Cunha on wikipedia & e-reserves.
   
Friday, 4 November
How did thinking change in Latin America? III
  The Cosmic Race.

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Week 10  
Monday, 7 November
What was the Impact of the Great Depression?
  Kindleberger, on e-reserve.
Diaz-Alejandro, on e-reserve.
   
Wednesday, 9 November
Who were the Populists?
  Wolfe, "Populism and Developmentalism," on e-reserve.
   
Thursday, 10 November Argument Summaries are Due.
   
Friday, 11 November
What were the effects of populist policies?
  Maddison, on e-reserve.

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Section 5. National Development 1947-1990 (weeks 11-14)
Week 11  
Monday, 14 November
How did the Cold War Change Things? Round 1.
  Bethell & Roxborough, on JStor.
   
Wednesday, 16 November
In this Context, how could Cuba go Communist?
  Wright, Latin America in the era ..., pp. xi-38.
   
Friday, 18 November
What was the impact?
 

Wright, Latin America in the era ..., pp. 39-109.

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Week 12  
Monday, 21 November
What was the impact of Cuban Revolution?
  Reread Chasteen, "Revolution."
Wright, Latin America in the era ..., pp. 111-147.
Wednesday, 23 November
How did elites react?
  Reread Chasteen, "Reaction."
Wright, Latin America in the era ..., pp. 149-164.
 
Introductions are Due. Remember to include a title page and your previous stages.
Friday, 25 November
Thanksgiving Break, No Class

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Week 13  
Monday, 28 November
What did the Reaction Look Like? The Southern Cone
  Children of Cain, 77-141, 331-388.
   
Wednesday, 30 November
What did the Reaction Look Like? Central America
  Children of Cain, 217-272.
   
Friday, 2 December
What about Colombia?
  Children of Cain, 23-76.

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Week 14  
Monday, 5 December
Is Nicaragua an exceptional case?
  Wright, Latin America in the era ..., pp. 165-185.
Children of Cain, pp. 273-329.
   
Wednesday, 7 December
What has Happened Since?
  Latin America since the Cold War, on Blackboard.
   
Friday, 9 December
Conclusion and Review
   
Tuesday, 13 December
 Final Exam. Final Draft is Due. Remember to include a title page and all the previous stages that I have looked at.

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