Events

Seminar: Evo's Bolivia: Continuity and Change

Start: Oct 23, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 23, 2014 8:00:00 PM

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Linda Farthing - When Evo Morales came to power in 2006, expectations were high that Bolivia's first indigenous president would transform the country. Based on a forthcoming book written with Ben Kohl, Farthing’s talk will examine how well Morales and his movement towards Socialism has done in achieving goals of greater equality and inclusion in South America's poorest country.

Seminar: Total War: Mexico and Europe 1914

Start: Nov 19, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 19, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Alan Knight (Oxford) - This paper, originally given as the Luis González lecture at the Colegio de México in early 2014, compares the (neglected) military dimension of the Mexican Revolution to the First World War in Europe, using the concept of 'total war' as the bridge; it defines 'total war' (in two distinct senses) and argues that, notwithstanding the dismissive comments of some historians of Mexico - for whom the armed revolution was a chaotic fiesta de balas, a 'carnival of bullets' - the revolution involved very costly mass conventional warfare. The argument, involving both demographic and military analysis, concludes that, in Mexico as in Europe, total war profoundly affected society, leaving a legacy of violence, veteran activism, and an incipient 'social pact' that underpinned the social reform and state-building of the 1920s and '30s.

Lecture: Michelle Bachelet’s presidencies: gender, politics and institutional change in Chile

Start: Dec 10, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 10, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Georgina Waylen (Manchester) - Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s first female president, was elected in 2006 with an explicit gender agenda, promising to appoint new faces (including women) and implement some positive gender change. After a period heading UN Women, she was subsequently reelected for a second term in 2013 with a decisive majority.