Seminar in Latin American History

Spring 2013

HILA 4501 (1)

Seminar in Latin American History

"Chile: from Socialist Revolution to Free-Market Democracy"

Thomas Klubock

As many Chileans either lament or celebrate, their country is often invoked as a model.  During the 1960s, Chile served as a model for the United States Alliance for Progress and its programs of limited social reform in Latin America.  With the election of Salvador Allende in 1970, the small Andean country became a model for a new kind of socialist revolution, won at the ballot box and within the context of existing democratic institutions.  After 1973, Chile became another kind of model, of the ruthless military dictatorships that swept much of South America, and of a new model of economic development identified with free-market reforms: neoliberalism.  Finally, after 1990, Chile once again became a model cited by reformers around the world, this time for an exemplary transition to democracy and stable market economy.  This class will examine critically these four model moments in Chilean history through the lens of a number of sources, traditional historical monographs, literature, music, and film.  Students will write a 20-25 page historiographical essay on one of the course’s major themes.  Reading knowledge of Spanish is not required, but is recommended.


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