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Undergraduate Degree Programs

History (HIST)

HIST 179 (GH;IL) Latin-American History Since 1820 (3) Origin, political growth, international relations, and economic status of the Latin-American republics, with emphasis upon present-day conditions.

HIST 179 Latin-American History since 1820 (3)
(GH;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course focuses on Latin America (with limited coverage of the Caribbean) from the early 1800' s through the present. For the colonial period (c.1500-c.1820), it is easy to see why Latin America has a "common history," as most of it was ruled by two quite similar countries, Spain and Portugal. But after the colonial system collapsed, giving rise to over a dozen independent countries by the 1830s, the issue becomes more complicated. What do these dependence upon markets in developed countries for their economic prosperity? How can we explain the continuing similarities between these countries, without losing sight of their diversity? The approach of this course is broadly chronological, but for each period we will focus on one or more countries that illustrate (however imperfectly) the trends of the period. The goal of the course is not to provide an encyclopedic knowledge of Latin America, but rather to provide a framework for understanding how current issues are rooted in past historical processes, and to offer a better sense of how key historical themes are "lived" by ordinary people in Latin American society. A related goal of the course is to acquaint students with the historiography of Latin American: the different approaches that historians have used to understand the region. Students will be evaluated on two sets of essay exams and a paper, as well as participating in classroom discussion. HIST 178 and 179 are both requirements for the Latin American Studies Major and Minor, as well as satisfying general credit requirements for the History Major.


General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.