Insurrections, revolutions, and revolts have been a fundamental aspect of Latin American history since Columbus first landed in the New World. Whether against foreign political or economic domination, the state’s despotic power, or the pervasive influence of international Capital, the people—as well as political elites—have always found alternative and more direct ways to bring about political change. This course will introduce students to some of the key uprisings that have shaped the social and political history of the continent. We will analyze Latin Americanist thought, historical and literary texts, and film narratives. While the primary focus will be on the 20th and 21st centuries, we will also consider events that took place during the colonial and Independence periods. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to have a better grasp of Latin American historical and cultural past, as well as of the debates that continue to resonate today.
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