HIST 347
Democracy and Dictatorship in Latin America Spring 2018
Division II
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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.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 15-20
Class#: 3473
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, response papers, two short papers, and a longer (10-12-page) final essay
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: GBST Latin American Studies Electives
HIST Group D Electives - Latin America + Caribbean
LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect

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