HY239 Not available in 2012/13
Latin America and the United States since 1898
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
Dr Tanya Harmer, EAS. 602 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Primarily for 2nd year BA History, BSc International Relations and History and BSc Government and History students but may be taken by 3rd years where regulations permit. May also be taken as an outside option by students from other departments and by General Course students where regulations, timetabling constraints and teaching capacity permit.
HY239 is designed to provide students with an introductory overview of the history of the Americas and inter-American relations from 1898 to the present day. Rather than focussing exclusively on U.S. policy towards Latin America, the course explores the international history of Latin America and the United States from a variety of U.S and Latin American perspectives. It also incorporates broader thematic and interpretive questions alongside country specific studies. Among the major themes covered on the course are the concepts of imperialism, neo-colonialism and anti-imperialism, revolution and counter-revolution, nationalism and interventionism, democracy and dictatorship, human rights and repression, development and dependency, the 'war on drugs' and migration. More specific topics covered in lectures and class discussions include: the Spanish-American War; Big Stick and Dollar Diplomacy; FDR's 'Good Neighbour' policy; Juan Perón and Populism; the onset of the Cold War and post-war in the Americas; Jacobo Arbenz' Guatemala; the Cuban Revolution; JFK and the Alliance For Progress; the Brazilian Coup of 1964 and U.S. intervention in the Dominican Republic, 1965; Cuba's Latin American policy and Che Guevara's Bolivian mission; Salvador Allende's Chile; the 'Condor Years' and Cuban interventionism in Africa; the Panama Canal Treaty and Carter's opening to Cuba; the Nicaraguan Revolution and Reagan's Central American interventions; 'The Lost Decade' and Debt crisis of the 1980s; the Washington Consensus, the War on Drugs and Hugo Chavez and the 'Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas' (ALBA).
20 weekly lectures (MT & LT) and 22 classes (MT, LT & ST).
Students will be required to do two presentations, to write one 2,000-word essay and one 1,000-1,500-word book review, to contribute to weekly Moodle discussion forums, and to sit a Mock exam in the Summer Term. These assignments will not form part of the final assessment but they are a required component of the course, and students must complete them in order to be admitted to the course examination.
A detailed course outline and reading list, subdivided by weekly topics, will be provided at the first lecture and will also be available on Moodle and in the departmental public folders. However, the following works are useful introductions and core texts for the course: E Williamson, The Penguin History of Latin America, Mark T Gilderhus, The Second Century: U.S.-Latin American Relations since 1889, Robert Holden and Eric Zolov, Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History, Walter Lafeber, Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America, Alan McPherson, Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles: U.S.-Latin American Relations Since 1945, Lars Schoultz, Beneath the United States: A History of U.S. Policy Towards Latin America, Peter H Smith, Talons of the Eagle: Dynamics of U.S.-Latin American Relations, Thomas Skidmore and Peter Smith, Modern Latin America, and Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America.
One assessed essay (25%) in the Lent Term and one three-hour written exam (75%) in the Summer Term.