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Liberalism, Authoritarianism and Citizenship in Latin America

Liberalism, Authoritarianism and Citizenship in Latin America

Gaining their independence only a few decades after the United States, the nations of Latin America can be counted among the oldest constitutional republics in the world. In this they differ greatly from postcolonial nation-states in places like Africa and Asia. Yet paradoxically, scholars often characterize Latin America as prisoner of its colonial past, with fragile democratic norms and institutions and a tendency toward corruption and abuse of power. This course examines this purported tension between liberal ideals and authoritarian tendencies, to spark debate about major issues, events, and turning points in Latin America’s 19th and 20th Century political history.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.