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Lecturer Regina Nockerts rnockert@du.edu Office: King Center room 509 Office hours: Mon/Wed 3:00-4:00, after class with notice, other times by appointment. Class Requirements Attendance: 10% Midterm Exam: 25% Final Exam: 25% Policy Papers: 40% (10% each, 4 papers)

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Lecturer Regina Nockerts

  • rnockert@du.edu
  • Office: King Center room 509
  • Office hours: Mon/Wed 3:00-4:00, after class with notice, other times by appointment.

Class Requirements

  • Attendance: 10%
  • Midterm Exam: 25%
  • Final Exam: 25%
  • Policy Papers: 40% (10% each, 4 papers)

Required Textbook: Chasteen, John Charles. Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America (New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001).

what is latin america

What Is "Latin America"?

Do the countries that make up Latin America have enough in common for us to talk about the region as a cohesive entity?

geography
Geography
  • Physical continuity
  • Geographic diversity

Geography explains very little about Latin America.

people and culture
People and Culture
  • Languages
    • European: Spanish, Portuguese, French/Creole, English
    • Indigenous
  • Ethnicity
    • European
    • Mixed Race: Mestizo, Mulatto, etc
    • Black, Afro-Brazilian
    • Amerindian
  • Customs
    • Patterns of social hierarchy, or domination
      • Patronismo, Patriarchy, Class, Race

Map: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_America

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People and Culture
  • Religion
    • Roman Catholic
    • Protestant
    • Santeria, etc.
    • Indigenous
    • Mixed
politics
Politics
  • Ideology
    • Nationalism
    • Marxism, etc.
    • Liberation Theology
    • Liberalism
  • Political Structure
    • Authoritarianism and the military
    • Populism
    • Socialism
    • Democracy
economic structure
Economic Structure
  • Colonial Exploitation
  • Export-Oriented Growth
  • Import-Substitution Industrialization
  • Communism
  • Liberalism
  • Socialism
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Latin America experienced history in “waves” that tended to impact the region as a whole or in close succession.
  • Why “Politics and Markets”?

The two aspects are inextricably linked such that in trying to explain one you must inevitably involve the other.