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HIS566: Modern Latin America

This course examines how modern social and political institutions developed in the region that includes Central and South America and the Caribbean.

This course examines how modern social and political institutions developed in the region that includes Central and South America and the Caribbean. We begin by questioning why such diverse places are imagined as a single region. We explore how colonialism shaped the region and how independent nations emerged from European political control in the early 19th century. Through a series of case studies, we then examine selected social, political and economic issues that shaped Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Open to seniors.