93420 - History And Institutions Of Latin America (50)

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course is designed as a basic tool for understanding the history and contemporary Latin American politics. Its key objectives are: to provide the structural elements of economic and political geography of Latin America, with particular attention to the heterogeneity of the region and ensure a general approach on the main stages of contemporary Latin American history. At the end of the course the student should be able to find a key to understanding the history of Latin America that allows him to establish the largest possible number of parallels with the Western European history .

Course contents

The course is organized with a part of lectures taught online on MS TEAMS and another taught in presence. The number of students allowed in class is determined on the basis of class capacity and by the health and safety provisions that deal with the pandemic emergency. In case more students want to attend classes in presence than permitted by the rules, a system of shifts will be organized so to allow students to participate. Regardless of the health-related conditions and the specific organization of the course, students will be able to follow the lessons of the entire course remotely on MS TEAMS.

Political and social history of Latin America from the age of independence to date


Compulsory basic text:

L.Zanatta, Storia dell'America Latina contemporanea, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2017

For the oral part of the exam two monographs chosen from the following (it will be possible to agree on different books during the course)

  • Carlos de la Torre and Cynthia J. Arnson, Latin American populism in the 21. Century, Washington, 2013.
  • Haslam, Jonathan, The Nixon administration and the death of Allende's Chile: a case of assisted suicide, London ; New York : Verso, 2005.
  • Hernandez Chavez, Alicia, Storia del Messico: dall'epoca precolombiana ai giorni nostri, Milano: Bompiani, 2005.
  • Novaro, Marcos, La dittatura argentina, Carocci, Roma 2005.
  • Ragno, Francesco, Liberale o populista? Il radicalismo argentino (1930-1943), Bologna 2017.
  • Safford, Frank; Palacios, Marcos, Colombia: fragmented land, divided society, New York 2002.
  • Skidmore, Thomas, Brazil: five centuries of change, New York ; Oxford 2010.
  • Stefanini, Maurizio, Adiós Venezuela. La fine del chavismo da Maduro a Guaidó, Roma 2019.
  • Trapassi, Lorenzo, La terra del futuro. Il Brasile dalla crisi alla crescita economica, Roma 2020.
  • Zanatta, Loris, Il populismo gesuita. Perón, Fidel, Bergoglio, Roma 2020.
  • Zanatta, Loris, Eva Perón. Una biografia politica, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli 2009
  • Zanatta, Loris, Fidel Castro, l’ultimo Re cattolico, Roma 2019.

Teaching methods

The course will be held in accordance with the health conditions and the safety protocols in force will allow

Assessment methods

The examination will consist of two written exams during the course plus one oral exam at the end of the course on the last part of the program and the two monographs identified by the student.

Office hours

See the website of Loris Zanatta