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7AAH5018 Debates in Modern Latin American History

Credit value: 20
Module convenor/tutor (2019/20): Dr Christine Mathias
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour weekly seminars
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 4,000-word essay
Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

The module will survey the historiography of Latin America since 1810, devoting particular attention to 20th century Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Topics will include nation-state formation, race and ethnicity, revolution, populism, military dictatorships, and human rights. Students will analyse fundamental scholarly debates about Latin America’s past, and also consider contemporary political and cultural debates in their appropriate historical contexts. The goal is to understand Latin American societies on their own terms and through local perspectives. Accordingly, many of the readings are by Latin American scholars. Knowledge of other languages is not required or expected, but students will have the opportunity to read some texts in Spanish and Portuguese. The module will also introduce students to a range of primary sources that might be useful for future research, including U.S. and British diplomatic documents and other English-language sources.

Provisional teaching plan

  1. The Idea of Latin America
  2. Dependency and Development
  3. State Formation
  4. The Mexican Revolution
  5. Peronism and Populism
  6. Race and Ethnicity
  7. Gender and Sexuality
  8. Popular Culture
  9. State Terror
  10. Human Rights

Suggested introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these texts is not mandatory

Teresa meade, History of Modern Latin America: 1800 to the Present, second edition (Oxford, 2016)

Jose C. Moya (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Latin American History (New York, 2011)

Thomas Holloway (ed.), A Companion to Latin American History, (Malden, 2008)

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