Fall 2018


History 288: Latin America in the Twentieth Century

The 20th century in Latin America has been characterized by the struggle for social, economic, and political change. The key dispute has been between those who believe change can be made by reforming existing structures, and those who believe that revolution is the only effective way to create change. This class will explore movements for change, including the revolutions in Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua  which covers the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with independence from Spain, will be conducted by lecture and discussion.

Prof. Charlip, 4 credits, MW 2:30-3:50pm

-Fulfills the College's Alternative Voices and Cultural Pluralism requirements.


Spring 2019


History 384: Cuba and Nicaragua

The Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions are arguably the two most important post-World War II events/processes in Latin America. Cuba's 1959 revolution became a model for the Left in Latin America, a rationale for repression on the Right, and an obsession for the United States. In 1979, the Sandinistas brought a different kind of revolution to Nicaragua, reflecting domestic realities as well as changes in the international community. Nonetheless, it too was a model for the Left, a rationale for the Right, and an obsession for the United States. Using primary and secondary documents, combining discussions and lectures, this class will focus on the causes and results of the revolutions, and explore what they mean for the specific countries, the region, and the United States. Offered in alternate years.

Prof. Charlip, 4 credits, MWF 1:00-1:50pm

-Fulfills the College's Alternative Voices and Cultural Pluralism requirements.