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Undergraduate Course: Indigenous Peoples and Revolution in Modern Latin America (HIST10458)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryTracing the rise of indigenous movements in Latin America, this course examines the relationship between indigenous peoples and leftist and revolutionary national movements in Latin America's turbulent twentieth century
Course description Since the 1970s, much of Spanish America has witnessed the rise of indigenous revitalization movements that have drawn upon international human rights discourses to make demands from nation-states for the recognition of their rights to territory, cultural difference, and political autonomy as "First Peoples." These movements have gained a great deal of visibility as evident in accords such as the International Labor Organizations' Convention No. 169, which details indigenous and tribal rights. Indigenous movements have also emerged precisely at a historical moment when more established movements based on class have declined throughout the hemisphere in the wake of the Cold War and state repression. This course traces these developments through the study of Native-state relations in postcolonial Guatemala. Over the course of this semester we will explore the conflicted meanings and practices of citizenship and nation in Guatemala and how the silencing of Maya histories of expropriation and exclusion, as well as ongoing struggles for restitution and recognition, have left colonial traces in even the seemingly most progressive national and revolutionary projects.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.

Students should only be enrolled on this course with approval from the History Honours Programme Administrator.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and analyse the relationship between indigenous movements and the left in Latin America.
  2. Engage primary sources in relationship to current scholarship.
  3. Contribute effectively to virtual group discussions.
  4. Write and research a significant paper.
Reading List
Asturias, Miguel Angel. Guatemalan Sociology: The Social Problem of the Indian, Translated by Maureen Ahern and Introduction by Richard J. Callan (Tempe, Arizona: Arizona State University, 1977).

Dawson, Alexander Scott. Indian and Nation in Revolutionary Mexico. University of Arizona Press, 2004.

Crow, Joanna. The Mapuche in Modern Chile: A Cultural History. University Press of Florida, 2013

Eiss, Paul. In the Name of El Pueblo: Place, Community, and the Politics of History in Yucatán. Duke University Press, 2010.

Haughney, Diane. Neoliberal economics, democratic transition, and Mapuche demands for rights in Chile. University Press of Florida, 2002.

Joseph, Gilbert M. and Daniel Nugent, Everyday Forms of State Formation: Revolution and Negotiation of Rule in Modern Mexico, ed. Gilbert M. Joseph and Daniel Nugent (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1994) 265-300.

McAllister, Carlota, and Diane M. Nelson, eds. War by Other Means: Aftermath in Post-Genocide Guatemala. Duke University Press, 2013.

Mallon, Florencia. Courage Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Community of Nicolás Ailío and the Chilean State, 1906-2001 (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2005) 1-61.

Rus, Jan. Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo, and Shannan L. Mattiace Maya Lives, Maya Utopias: The Indigenous Peoples of Chiapas and the Zapatista Rebellion, ed Jan Rus, (Lanham and Boulder: Rowman & Littlefeld Publishers, 2003).

Warren, Kay B., and Jean E. Jackson. Indigenous movements, self-representation, and the state in Latin America. University of Texas Press, 2003.

Warren, Kay B. Indigenous movements and their critics: Pan-Maya activism in Guatemala. Princeton University Press, 1998.

Wilkinson, Daniel. Silence on the mountain: Stories of terror, betrayal, and forgetting in Guatemala. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will encourage students to:

- Provide clear written and oral analyses based on historical argumentation.
- Identify historical continuities and ruptures.
- Undertake a sustained research project and complete it within a strict time frame.
- Write in clear, accurate, and precise prose.
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Course organiserProf Julie Gibbings
Tel: (0131 6)50 3841
Course secretaryMiss Lorna Berridge
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