HIST-2303B History of Latin America in the 20th Century

This course is intended to offer students some basic knowledge on Latin American history from the late 20th century until today. Taking into consideration the diversity on the continent, the course includes a follow up of the main stages of a historically rich and complex process, defined by the search of a national identity. After a turbulent period of civil war, Latin America finally enjoys certain political stability and an unseen economic growth, generating a number of dramatic transformations. The effects of capitalism and secularization, along with the modernization in the continent, cause, according to the intensity of these processes in each of the countries in the area, a heterogeneous historical development, which paces are not always similar. The course has two main objectives: 1) offer a general perspective of some of the main features of Latin America. 2) Contribute to build up a spirit of criticism in the students.