Spring 2023 History UN2661 section 001



Call Number 11205
Day & Time
TR 2:40pm-3:55pm
310 Fayerweather
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Alfonso Salgado
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

This course explores major themes in Latin American history from the independence period (ca 1810) to the present. We will hone in on Latin Americas “chronic” problems of social inequality, political polarization, authoritarianism, incomplete democratization, and troubled memory politics. The course covers economic, social, and cultural histories, and gives special weight to the transnational aspects of Latin American ideological struggles – from its dependency on Western capital to its ideological “inner Cold War” – and the way they influenced the subaltern strata of society. The section discussions are a crucial component of the course, and will focus on assigned historiography. While the lecture centers on constructing a cogent meta-narrative for Latin America’s modern era, in the section we will explore not only the historical “facts,” but will instead ask: how do historians know what they know about the past? What sources and analytic methods do they use to write history? And what ethical dilemmas do they confront when narrating politically-sensitive topics? 

Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 60 students (88 max) as of 9:07PM Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Subject History
Number UN2661
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Note Discussion HIST UN2665 REQUIRED
Section key 20231HIST2661W001