Fall 2019

Struggles for Democracy in Modern Latin America, 1820 to the Present

Listed in: History, as HIST-263  |  Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-263

Formerly listed as: HIST-14

Moodle site: Course


Russell Lohse (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 264 [LA/TE/TS] and LLAS 264) Latin Americans began their struggle for democracy during the Independence wars at the start of the nineteenth century. Their struggle continues today. This course considers the historical meanings of democracy in various Latin American countries, with particular attention to the relationship between liberalism and democracy in the nineteenth century; the broadening of democracy at the start of the twentieth century; the rise and fall of military dictatorships in the 1960s–1980s and their impact upon civil society; and the current clashes between neo-Liberal economic programs and the neo-populist resurgence of the left. Readings and discussions will focus on the ways broad economic and political shifts impacted individuals' lives; how each economic class experienced these shifts differently; the way race and gender have shaped peoples' experience with democratization and repression; and the personal processes of radicalization by which individuals became inspired to take risks in their struggle for inclusion and against repression. Because the approach is thematic and chronological, some countries and regions will receive more attention than others. Meetings and readings will draw on secondary studies, historical documents, testimonials, music, images, and film. Two meetings per week.

Fall Semester. Visiting Assistant Professor Lohse.

Cost: 0 ?


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2020-21: Offered in Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2017, Fall 2019