Department of History
Spring 2005

History 62
Latin America II

Professor Perrone
Phone: x7059
Office: 213 Bradley House


Office Hours
Tue. 2:30-3:30; Wed. 1:00-2:00
Thurs. 2:30-3:30
and by appointment


Course Description

This course examines the history of Latin America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course emphasizes the chief social, political, religious, and economic transformations, especially in relation to cultural struggles for identity and economic struggles for autonomy. Stress will be placed on wars of independence, neocolonialism, and twentieth-century revolutions and counterrevolutions. Through lectures, readings, and discussion, students should become familiar with the important events and themes in Modern Latin American history. The course also seeks to foster critical-analytical skills crucial to the examination, ordering, and evaluation of data and interpretations.


Regular attendance and completion of reading assignments are required. There will be two examinations -- a midterm exam and a final exam. Each will be composed of essay and short identification questions. There will also be a map quiz (Feb. 8) and two writing assignments -- a 4-5 page essay on a chapter from Problems in Modern Latin American History (DUE April 14) and a 3-4 page essay on Bushnell, Azuela, or Guevara, which will be due on the date we discuss the book in class (e.g., if you write an essay on Bushnell, your paper will be due Feb. 3).

Class participation is also expected of all students. Class participation means active involvement in class activities. Attendance will be taken.


The final grade will be determined as follows:

Class participation 10%, map quiz 5%, essay on book 20%, essay on Problems 25% midterm exam 20%, final exam 20%.

Required Readings

John Charles Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America (2001) [C]

John Charles Chasteen and James A. Wood ed., Problems in Modern Latin American History: Sources and Interpretations (2004) [W].

David Bushnell, Simón Bolívar: Liberation and Disappointment (2004) [B]

Mariano Azuela, The Underdogs (1993) [A]

Ernesto Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries: A Latin American Journey (2003) [G]

Schedule of Topics

Week 1: Jan. 17-21  
T- Introduction
Th- Encounter and Conquest
C 15-27; Start B
C 29-61
Week 2: Jan. 24-28  
T- Colonization
Th-Creation of New Societies
C 63-77; W 3-10
C 77-91; W 11-21
Week 3: Jan. 31-Feb. 4  
T- Latin American Independence I
Th- Latin American Independence II
C 93-117; W 25-34
Finish B
Week 4: Feb. 7-11  
T- New Nations / MAP QUIZ
Th- Caudillos

C 119-124; W 37-44
C 124-129; W 79-101
Week 5: Feb. 14-18  
T- Brazilian Monarchy
Th- Liberal and Conservative Politics
C 129-143; W 34-37
C 144-177; W 103-109
Week 6: Feb. 21-25  
T- The church in 19th century Latin America
Th- Slavery and Emancipation
W 109-126
W 49-76
Week 7: Feb. 28-March 4  
T- Race in Latin America
W 127-142
Start A
SPRING BREAK: March 7-11  

Week 8: March 14-18

T- Neocolonialism and Export Economies
Th- Mexican Revolution
C 179-211; W 149-174
I C 213-222
Week 9: March 21-25  
T- Mexican Revolution
II W 193-195; Finish A
Start G
Week 10: March 28-April 1  
T- Populism and Economic Nationalism: Argentina
Th- Populism and Economic Nationalism: Brazil
C 222-243; W 229-236
C 245-253; W 236-249
Week 11: April 4-8  
T- Latin America and the United States
Th-Cuban Revolution
C 253-260; W 175-179; 279-299
C 260-269; W 253-258; Finish G
Week 12: April 11-15  
T- Revolutions and Counterrevolutions
Th- Military Dictatorships
C 270-273, 292-301; W 258-264,269-274, 277
C 275-292
Week 13: April 18-22  
T- Democratization in Latin America
Th- Women in Latin America
C 307-321
W 205-226
Week 14: April 25-29  
T- Art and Culture in Latin America
Th- Globalization and the Latin American Future
W 301-307, 312-322
Week 15: May 2-6
T- Review