Modern Latin America, 1808-Present: Revolution, Dictatorship, Democracy

Political cartoon from 1913, depicting unfair seizure of property.

This cartoon aptly characterizes one of the primary reasons for the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) - the unfair exploitation of the land by monied Mexican and foreign elites. (Image courtesy of Barnett, Los Angeles Tribune, 1913.)


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This class is a selective survey of Latin American history from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Issues studied include Latin America in the global economy, relations between Latin America and the U.S., dictatorships and democracies in the twentieth century, African and Indigenous cultures, feminism and gender, cultural politics, revolution in Mexico, Cuba, and Central America, and Latin American identity.

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Jeffrey Ravel. 21H.802 Modern Latin America, 1808-Present: Revolution, Dictatorship, Democracy. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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