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070170 VO Theories and Methods of Global History (2019W)

The Nicaraguan Revolution (1979). Interdisciplinary Approaches to a Global History Topic

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte

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Language: English

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Classes are taking place on
October 17, 2019
Blocked lecture class at (location will be announced)
October 24, 2019 15:00-18:30
October 25, 2019 09:45-13:00
November 7, 2019
December 5, 2019
January 16 and 23, 2020 (exams)

Thursday 24.10. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 32 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Friday 25.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Thursday 21.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Thursday 05.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Thursday 16.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Thursday 23.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8

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Aims, contents and method of the course

THE NICARAGUAN REVOLUTION (1979). PERSPECTIVES FROM GLOBAL HISTORY
University of Vienna
October 24 and 25, 2019

On July 19, 1979, a popular uprising in Nicaragua led by guerrillas of the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) overthrew the four-decade-long family dictatorship of the Somozas. In the following decade, Nicaraguan society underwent profound changes, orchestrated by the FSLN government and its social, political and economic policies: alphabetization campaigns, land reform, the implementation of a mixed economy, the empowerment of Nicaraguan women, are just examples.
However, the revolution was not merely a local event in Nicaragua and Central America. Reactions came from all around the world: the US-government, under the head of Ronald Reagan started counterinsurgency actions against the Nicaraguan government, which culminated in the so-called Contra War. By contrast, solidarity movements in the Global North and South tried to defend the progressive and emancipatory outcomes of the revolution and promoted a different image of the Nicaraguan Revolution, beyond Cold War narratives and binary affiliations, like “the Second Cuba” or “Nicara-Cuba.”
The revolution in Nicaragua became a central issue in the context of the Cold War. Scholars have only recently begun to embed it into a global framework. Studies – inside as well as outside Latin America – use to confine their analysis to a national sphere, barely touching upon local or transnational agencies.
In the light of the 40th anniversary of the revolution, this conference seeks to reflect upon global, international, and transnational perspectives on the Sandinista Revolution by focusing on the circulation of ideas and actors within the region and in a global context. Therefore, this conference focuses on the global dimensions and political relevance of the Sandinista years (1979-1990) on Nicaragua.

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THURSDAY | 24 OCTOBER 2019
15:00 WELCOME ADDRESS
Juliane Schiel & Elisabeth Röhrlich (Spokeswomen of the Research Area Global History) & Martina Kaller (University of Vienna)
15:15 INTRODUCTION: CENTRAL AMERICA AND GLOBAL HISTORY
Berthold Molden (University of Vienna)
15:45 NICARAGUAN HISTORIOGRAPHIES REVISED
Laurin Blecha (University of Vienna)
Comment: David Mayer (University of Vienna)
16:30-16:45 Coffee break
16:45 INTERNATIONAL HISTORY OF THE NICARAGUAN REVOLUTION (1977-1990)
Eline van Ommen (London School of Economics)
Comment: Martina Kaller (University of Vienna)
17:30 INDIGENOUS STRUGGLES FOR AUTONOMY ON THE CARIBBEAN COAST OF NICARAGUA
Georg Grünberg (University of Vienna)
Comment: Julia Harnoncourt (University of Vienna)
18:15-18:30 Discussion and closure 1st day
FRIDAY | 25 OCTOBER 2019
09:45 AUTHORITARIANISM AS VIOLENCE: GENEALOGIES AND POLITICAL PRACTICES IN NICARAGUA
Antonio Monte (Freie Universität Berlin)
Comment: Juliane Schiel/Elisabeth Röhrlich (University of Vienna)
10:30 POLITICAL VISUAL STATEMENTS: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE MOVIE ALSINO AND THE CONDOR (1982) AND THE DOCUMENTARY THE BALLAD OF THE LITTLE SOLDIER (1984)
Laura Ramírez Palacio (Autonomous University of Madrid)
Comment: Berthold Molden (University of Vienna)
11:15 NETWORKS OF SOLIDARITY
Christian Helm (Historisches Archiv, Basel)
Comment: Berthold Unfried (University of Vienna)
12:00-13:00 Discussion

Assessment and permitted materials

Discussions and collective oral exam

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Master's program level; attendance in the blocked part of the lecture class

Examination topics

Contents of lectures

Reading list

Hobsbawm, Eric J. Revolutionaries. Contemporary Essays. New York: Pantheon Books Random House, 1973.
Vilas, Carlos M. “Popular Insurgency and Social Revolution in Central America”, in: Latin American Perspectives 15:1, (1988), pp. 55-77.
Walker, Thomas W. (Ed.). Revolution and Counterrevolution in Nicaragua. Boulder, CO/San Francisco/Oxford: Westview Press, 1991.
Werz, Nikolaus (Ed.). Populisten, Revolutionäre, Staatsmänner. Politiker in Lateinamerika. Frankfurt am Main: Vervuert Verlag, 2010 [Short biographies – in German – of: Emiliano Zapata, Augusto C. Sandino, Fidel Castro, Ernesto Che Guevara].
Westad, Odd Arne. The Global Cold War. Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times. Cambridge [et. al.]: Cambridge University Press, 2005 [The 1980s & the Nicaraguan Revolution; chapter 9, pp. 331-348].

Association in the course directory

MA Globalgeschichte (alt): APM Grundlagen der Globalgeschichte (4 ECTS)

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