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HIST6411: History and Politics of Latin America c.1930 to the Present

Dr Sarah Washbrook

Latin America generated some of the most famous icons of the 20th century, yet the region has the most unequal distribution of income in the world and few governments have commanded widespread support or legitimacy for long. This course aims to analyse why. The course focuses on nation-state histories in the first term and explores comparative themes in the second term, in order to convey both a sense of the distinctiveness of individual Latin American countries and an understanding of what they have in common. The countries covered are Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Cuba. Themes covered by the course include US relations with Latin America, revolutions and guerrilla movements, race, gender, human rights and the politics of memory, citizenship, social justice, religion.

Assessment methods


HIST6411: 2 X 2,500 word essays and a 3-hour examination

HIST6411A (Term 1 Affiliate students only): 2 X 2,500 word essays OR 1 X 5,000 word essay

HIST6411B (Term 2 Affiliate students only): 2 X 2,500 word essays

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