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552 HY (#5939) LATIN AMERICA AND THE WORLD Prof. Conniff M-F 11-12 am Winter 94 HC 7024 tel 6768 HC 3353
MWF 12-1 pm
This new course will examine the relations between major Latin American countries and the rest of the world. We will cover from the early nineteenth century (the Independence era) to the present. Major connections link the region to the United States and Europe, but we will also look at ties with Africa and Asia. Moreover, we will go beyond formal diplomatic contacts to study cultural, intellectual, economic, military, and migratory relations among these regions. Most attention will be devoted to the large nations (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, and Peru), but particular episodes may involve the smaller countries as well.
We will occasionally meet with Professor Widell's class, PS 318, "Latin America and the United States," held MWTh in HC 2222. Feel free to consult him about your term paper.
The course grade will be an average of your performance on the midterm (weighted 30%), the final (35%), and the term paper you submit (35%).
Your paper should be thoroughly discussed with me before you begin research. It should be based upon your original investigations at the library and other places. It should be approximately 12 double-spaced pages, plus endnotes (18+ pp. for graduate students). I would like every student to make a brief oral presentation of their paper during the last week of class.
You may earn an extra hour of credit by signing up for U305, Model United Nations (code 5938), this quarter. Your country research for UN may be used as a beginning for your paper. See me about this option.
The assigned texts are: Lester D. Langley, America and the Americas (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1989), and G. Pope Atkins, Latin America in the International Political System, 2nd ed. (New York: Free Press, 1989).
Dates Topics Readings
Jan 5 Introduction Lang. 1 6 Geographical background 7 Free period to develop paper prospectus 10 Overview of Independence Lang 2 11 Africa, Europe, and North America Atkin 1
12 Monroe's Gambit 13 Int'l consequences: slave trade, republicanism
14 1830s depression, readjustments, opportunities Lang 3 18 Mex-Am War, Panama RR, Manifest Destiny Lang 4 19 U.S. Civil War, consequences 20 Maximilian in Mexico Atkin 2 21 Paraguayan War 24 War of Pacific Atkin 3
25 Boom export economies & Immigration 26 Latin American armies--guest lecturer Frank McCann 27 PAU 28 Spain, U.S., War Lang 5 31 Teddy, Wilhelm, Victoria Feb 1 Mid-term exam
2 Widell's class 3 WWI 4 Mexican adventures Atk 4-5 7 1920s and the League 8 The first Sandinistas: "Occupational Hazards" 9 Good Neighbor, Invention of foreign aid Lang 6
10 Ideological polarization 11 WWII 13 Brazil's FEB in Italy Atkin 6 14 Peron's gamble 15 UN
16 Cold War Lang 7 17 Rio Treaty '47 Atk 7-8 18 OAS '48 21 Korea, MAAGs, & Guatemala Atkin 9 22 The New Economics (CEPAL) Atkin 10 23 Cuban Revolution, USSR Lang 8 24 BID, Alliance, and Bay of Pigs Atkin 9 25 DR '65 and the National Security States 28 Vietnam's impact on the Cold War, OAS Lang 10 Mar 1 Chile to 1973 and Beyond 2 OPEC and Latin America 3 New Panama Canal Treaties '77 Atkin 12 4 Ronald Reagan and Latin America Lang 10 7 Student Paper Presentations (Papers due) 8 George Bush and Latin America Atkin 13 9 Student Paper Presentations 10 Latin America beyond the Cold War Lang 11
16 (9:30-11) final exam