HIST.2120: Modern Latin America - Edwards

Course schedule

Week Topics, Readings, and Assignments
T 1/17

Introduction Latin America Today

Th 1/19

Latin America: The Land and the People

Reading: Meade, 1-21

T 1/24

Imperial Crisis and Atlantic Revolutions

Reading: Meade, 23-47

Th 1/26

Map quiz in class

Latin American Independence

Reading: Meade, 49-79

Holden/Zolov (HZ), pp. 9-20 [documents (docs.) 3-6]

T 1/31

Commodities, Labor, and Global Markets

Reading: Meade, 105-117

HZ, pp. 21-23 (doc. 7)

Th 2/2  

Commodities, Labor, and Global Markets

Reading: Meade, 105-117

HZ, pp. 21-23 (doc. 7)

T 2/7

Paper 1 due in class

Mexican Politics and U.S. Expansionism:  The Mexican-American War

Reading: Meade, 117-121

HZ, pp. 23-28, 33-35 (docs. 8, 9, 12)

Th 2/9

South American Border Conflicts:  The War of the Pacific

Reading:  William F. Sater, “Chile during the First Months of the War of the Pacific,”

Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1. (May 1973), pp. 133-158.

Christopher Woody, “Chile and Bolivia are still arguing over the outcome of a war

they fought 131 years ago,” Business Insider Oct. 4, 2015. 

T 2/14  

American Imperialism in Latin America

Reading: Meade, 121-133

HZ, pp. 41-44, 57-60 (docs. 15 & 20)

Edwards, “Paths to Progress in Modern Latin America,” World History Connected 7, 3 (Oct. 2010). 

Th 2/16

The Spanish-American War & the Panama Canal

Reading: HZ, pp. 28-29, 63-98 (docs. 10, 22-36)

Tuesday 2/21 

No meeting – Monday class schedule

Th 2/23

Creating Modern Nations:  Immigration and Industrialization

Reading: Meade, 135-155

Robert C. Romero, The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940. Tucson: University of

Arizona Press, 2011. Chapters 1 and 2 (pp. 1-29) 

T 2/28  

Mexico before the Revolution: The Porfiriato

Reading: Wasserman, 1-37

Th 3/2  

The Mexican Revolution: The War

Reading: Wasserman, 34-68

T 3/7

Soldiers and Civilians

Reading: Wasserman, 69-104

Th 3/9

Paper 2 due in class

Workers, Land, and Peasants

Reading: Wasserman, 109-132

***Monday 3/13-Friday 3/17 Spring Break***

T 3/21

The Revolution and Foreign Relations

Reading: Wasserman, 133-151

Th 3/23

Brazil:  The Tenentes Revolt and Getúlio Vargas

Reading: Meade, 175-211

HZ, pp. 153-154 (doc. 59)

T 3/28  

Pan-Americanism & Its Detractors

Reading:  HZ, pp. 116-118, 122-144, 147-173, 273-276 (docs. 45, 47-55, 57-66, 102)

Th 3/30

The Cold War and Communism in Latin America    

Reading: Meade, 213-249

T 4/4

Revolutions and the Communist Threat

Reading: HZ, pp. 184-199, 230-232, 259-260 (docs. 70-75, 86, 96)

Th 4/6  

Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution

Reading: Lars Schoultz, “U.S. Policy Towards Latin America Since 1959: How

Exceptional Is Cuba?” in Fifty Years of Revolution, eds. Soraya M. Castro M. and R. Pruessen. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012. pp. 13-29.

T 4/11  

Latin America in the Context of the Global 1960s

Reading: A.S. Dillingham, “Indigenismo Occupied: Indigenous Youth and Mexico’s

Democratic Opening (1968-1975). The Americas 72, 4 (Oct. 2015): 549-582. 

Th 4/13

Paper 3 due in class

The Cuban Revolution

Reading: HZ, pp. 202-229, 233-236, 241-242 (docs. 77-85, 87, 90)

T 4/18

Revolutionary Efforts in Peru: Shining Path

Reading: Meade, 251-275

Th 4/20

Chile and Allende’s Peaceful Road to Socialism

Reading: Meade, 277-303

T 4/25

Military Governments and the U.S. in Latin America

Reading: HZ, pp. 284-287, 292-293, 296-309 (docs. 105, 107, 109-113)

Th 4/27

Restoration of Democracy? Or Alternatives?

Reading: Meade, 305-315

Current Events readings (details TBA)

Final exam during exam week – See SiS for time and date