- What themes are specific to “Latin American” history? Do they really apply to all the countries and areas in the region? Is there such a thing as “Latin America”?
- How "global" is Latin American history? What can historians of Latin America bring to global history?
- What have been the broad historical problems the continent has faced? How have they affected the lives of individual people living in the region?
Matthew Brown, "The Global History of Latin America," Journal of Global History, 10 (2015): pp. 365-86 [available through Library catalogue]
Walter Mignolo, "Postface: After 'America,' in Walter D. Mignolo, The Idea of Latin America (Wiley & Sons, 1991), pp. 149-162 (available as e-book at Library)
Tulio Halperín Donghi, “Backward Looks and Forward Glimpses from a Quincentennial Vantage Point,” Journal of Latin American Studies, special supplement for 1992 commemorations, 1992, pp. 219-34.
In addition, please read ONE of the following:
On politics and “order”: Frank Safford, “The Problem of Political Order in Early Republican Spanish America.” Journal of Latin American Studies, 24, Quincentenary Supplement, 1992, 83-97
On caudillos, Liberals and Conservatives: Benjamin Keen, ed., Latin American Civilization: History and Society, 1492 to the Present, Westview Press (Boulder, 1996), 6th edition, ch. 15, “Dictators and Revolutions,” pp. 262-286
On Mexico and the Revolution: Keen, Benjamin, ed., Latin American Civilization: History and Society, 1492 to the Present, Westview Press (Boulder, 1996), 6th edition, chapter 17 “The Mexican Revolution,” from p. 315 to p. 337
On Argentina: “Argentina: The Struggle for Democracy, 1890-1990,” in Keen, Benjamin, Latin American Civilization: History and Society, 1492 to the Present, Westview Press (Boulder, 1996), 6th edition,, ch 18, pp. 348-365
On Cuba: “Ángel Santana Suárez, Cuban Sugar Worker,” in The Human Tradition in Latin America, ed. Kenneth Andrien (Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 2002), pp. 75-88 (on short loan)
On land (peasants, indigenous, and land reform): Miguel Teubal and Mariana Ortega Breña, “Agrarian reform and social movements in an age of globalisation: Latin America at the dawn of the twenty-first century,” Latin American Perspectives, 36:4 (July 2009): 9-20.
On the military and dictatorship: “Irma Muller” [on the Pinochet dictatorship], in The Human Tradition in Latin America, ed. Kenneth Andrien (Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 2002), pp. 207-218
Mignolo, Walter D., and Walter Mignolo. The Idea of Latin America, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 1991.
Rama, Angel. The Lettered City. Duke University Press, 1996.