Between Two Giants: Latin America During the Cold War

This class will examine the rise of revolutionary movements in Latin America and how the Cold War moment shaped their downfall. We will make use of declassified CIA documents, press interviews, and official speeches to examine US reactions to the Cuban and Guatemalan revolutions. We will touch on foreign policy debates, how such events are remembered and discussed, and on the human consequences of the ideological battles between the US and Soviet Union. 

About the Course

 

This two-part class looks at US-Latin American relations during the Cold War.

 

The first part of the class will examine the... See more rise of revolutionary movements in Latin America and how the Cold War moment shaped their eventual downfall. For this section, we will look at Guatemala and Cuba as two pivotal case studies for understanding politics, violence, and US responses to developments in both places.

 

The second part of the class will make use of declassified CIA documents, press interviews, and official speeches in order to examine US reactions to the Cuban and Guatemalan revolutions. While Cuba still figures prominently in US discourse, Guatemala is the overlooked counterpart. This class will touch on foreign policy debates, how such events are remembered and discussed, and on the human consequences of the polarizing ideological battles between the US and Soviet Union.

 

Instructor: Denisa Jashari is a Ph.D. Candidate in History of Latin America at Indiana University Bloomington. She is currently writing her dissertation titled, “Cartographies of Resistance: Political Culture and Urban Protest in Chilean Shantytowns,” on twentieth century Chilean urban history. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship and the Doris G. Quinn Foundation Fellowship. She designed and taught, “The World in the Twentieth Century” for the History Department’s intensive summer session. In addition, she has served as course assistant for two courses at IU: Law in America and Latin American Culture and Civilization.



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Fee:  $65.00
  Must be 18 or older

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