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Early History of Latin America

The course provides a general overview of Latin America’s historical development until the 1930s from both a regional and international perspective. The following topics will be discussed: America before the arrival of the Europeans; the economic, administrative, social and cultural structures of the Spanish and Portuguese colonial systems; the wars of independence in the 19th century; the oligarchic nature of the political systems; and the growth of the export economy up until the 1930s.