2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

HIS 320 - Latin American Revolutions

This course asks how our understandings of
sovereignty, freedom and liberty typically
stemming from French, US and industrial
revolutions, change if we look at anti-colonial
and revolutionary movements in Latin America and
the Caribbean. To answer this question, we will
take seriously Marixa Lasso’s argument that
anticolonial struggles shapes a nation’s
postcolonial race relations. We will test the
meanings given to these terms by slaves,
indigenous communities, and other non-elite groups
by examining several revolutionary moments: The
Tupac Amaru indigenous insurgency of the Andes
(1780-1781), the slave rebellion which produced
the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), the curious
case of the Brazilian Empire, the three decade
Cuban war of independence (1868-1898) and the
Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). These episodes
will show how Latin Americans played a pivotal
role in the end of empire and the building of
nations in the Americas.

1 semester 3 credits.