HIST4520/6520 History of Latin America II
Due date - FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008: You can turn this in in my office,
drop it off in my mailbox in the HGPS department office, or e-mail it to me at
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Topic Areas: This exam covers the material from the
ESSAYS: This is a take home exam. You must do one of the
essays in list (A) and one from list (B). In grading these
essays, I will assume you have done the appropriate readings. In doing an essay, there are certain things you should remember. A
good essay will first of all answer the question. Make sure you do address all
parts of the question. A good essay is both specific and general: specific in
its examples, general in its use of major themes. Finally, a good essay has a
definite structure: an introduction, a body with an organization and argument,
and a conclusion. So, in doing your essay, you should:
- 1) State you main ideas clearly.
- 2) Give your essay structure. I'd suggest preparing an outline as you
- 3) Give specific examples to back up your main ideas.
- Both Cuba and Chile experienced radical governments in in the 1970s and
1908s (and beyond, for Cuba). Based on your readings of Nation of Enemies
and This is Cuba, compare how Chileans and Cubans have been transformed
by those governments, and how they responded to them.
- Compare the Chilean, Cuban, and Guatemalan revolutions. To
what extent were the causes and goals of these revolutions similar? What
differences can you find in their causes and goals? (By "Chilean Revolution" I
mean the Allende government)
- Why did the Zapatistas (EZLN) revolt in Mexico? What are their basic
- Considering at least three factors, asses the development of Latin
America in the later part of the twentieth century and its prospects for
growth and development in the future. You may focus on one or two countries if
you prefer. Examples of "factors" include environmental issues, political
stability, democracy and democratization, economic issues, urbanization, etc.
- Why has the destruction of the Amazon accelerated since the 1960s, and
what are the obstacles to halting that destruction?
- Compare the Zapatista's (EZLN) analysis of modern Latin America with
that of the Liberation Theologians, and the ways that both groups have
responded to the problems of modern Latin America.
- Why did military governments from the late 1960s to the early 1980s
feel justified in killing, torturing, and imprisoning large numbers of their
own citizens? How did the different military structures in countries such as
Argentina, Brazil, and Chile affect the way this repression developed?
- What is liberation theology? How did it develop, and why is it
- How has the Cold War Ethos shaped U.S. foreign policy in Cuba and
- What were the aims and goals of the Guatemalan
Revolution? Why did Arbenz think agrarian reform was needed to achieve those
goals? What role did that reform play in Eisenhower's decision to overthrow
Academic Honesty and Use of Other Sources: Do not even think
of turning in work other than your own. Do not download from the Internet, do
not copy from books, do not share your work, do no, do not, do not. If you use a
source other than the textbook, readings, or class notes, be sure to use
citations. No citations equals plagiarism. Plagiarism equals a zero on the
exam. If you have any questions about this policy, ask me, not another
student, not your mom, or your preacher, or the mailman.