HIST 347 Spring 2017 Democracy and Dictatorship in Latin America

The inability--or failure--of Latin American countries to establish stable and democratic governments has frustrated observers across the region and beyond for almost 200 years. This course will examine the historical creation of both democratic and anti-democratic regimes in different national cases, seeking to identify the conditions that have fostered the apparent persistence of dictatorial tendencies in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, and the countries of Central America. In this regard we will look at the social and economic forces as well as the political actors and ideologies that have contributed to distinct, if often parallel, outcomes. At the same time, we will also question the criteria we use to label regimes "democratic" or "dictatorial"--and the implications of our choice of criteria.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, response papers, two short papers, and a longer (10-12-page) final essay
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: GBST Latin American Studies Electives,HIST Group D Electives - Latin America + Caribbean,LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15-20
Class Number: 3519
HIST 347 - 01 (S) LEC Democ & Dictator Lat America Division 2: Social Studies Roger A. Kittleson
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Clark Hall 105 3519
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