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Ileana M. Rodriguez Silva
HSTAA 386
Seattle Campus

The Challenges of Post-Coloniality in Latin America and the Caribbean

Explores the legacies of, and ruptures from, colonialism and the new challenges Latin American and Caribbean peoples faced throughout the years after their struggles for independence from direct European rule. Emphasis on analysis of the negotiations and challenges entailed in the dynamic processes of national state formation in comparative perspective.

Class description

This course examines the thorny and winding paths that Latin American and Caribbean countries followed to build independent nations out of colonial territories. Students will explore the new challenges the emerging nations faced in their attempt to forge unified territories. But most importantly, the course analyses how the centuries under colonialism produced material, ideological, and cultural barriers that would not only be difficult to surpass in the centuries to follow but would acquired new meanings throughout time deepening internal fragmentation. In this course, students will have the opportunity to answer basic questions about the social history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Latin America and the Caribbean but will also consider the major cultural transformations in the processes of national state formation.

This is a lecture based course.

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Class assignments and grading

Readings, short papers, one in-class exam, one take-home exam.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 11/10/2005