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Backward Looks Forward Glances

Lecture slides

Questions:

  • 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?

 

Required reading:

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

 

Further reading:

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.