Spring 2009

Popular Revolution in Modern Mexico

Listed in: History, as HIST-53


Rick A. Lopez (Section 01)


(LA) Few countries are as well known, yet so poorly understood, as is Mexico among North Americans. Stereotypes of illegal immigration, violence, and drug smuggling often take the place of real understanding. As a result, few North Americans appreciate their neighbor’s historical struggles to achieve political stability, democracy and economic prosperity. The goals of the course are two-fold: (1) to provide students with a general overview of the course of Mexican history, focusing not only on the dominant narrative, but also on the experience of subaltern groups (including women, indigenous peoples, peasants, and those from the periphery); and (2) to grapple with the question of what social revolution looks like, how it unfolds, and to what degree it has been attained in Mexico. Discussions and secondary readings will be supplemented by original documents, testimonials, movies, images, music, and art. Two class meetings per week. Spring semester. Professor Lopez.