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070312 UE Methodenkurs (2020S)

Landreform und Revolutionen in Lateinamerika

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The class will take place on the following days: March 19 and 26; April 2; May 7, and 14; June 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 (block of 2 hs each) and 25.
daily sessions of two hours without a break will be held during the 25th calendar week, from June 15 to June 19, 2020.
Time and the room number for this week will be announced.

Thursday 19.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 32 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Thursday 26.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 32 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Thursday 02.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 32 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Thursday 07.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 32 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Thursday 14.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 32 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Monday 15.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Tuesday 16.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 19.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this, the lecture class on revolutions in 20c. Latin n accompanying course will focus on one crucial aspect of revolutionary uprisings, the claim for access to land. The masses fought the restructuring of landholding relations in almost every country with social movements. Therefore, land reform often stood in the center of revolutionary changes. On the one hand, the justified complaint was directed against the so-called latifundistas, the landholder's well-established group who considered themselves also the political elite of the former regimes.
On the other hand, la Reforma Agraria, in all cases, supposed that agriculture was the essential source of income, on an individual level, and the country's budget level alike. These two tendencies of one single topic generated double action. Ones intended to improve the social conditions of peasant families, small landholders with diversified agricultural production destined to local markets, and the subsistence of their households. Against the background of traditional extractivist policies, the other tendency represented the agribusiness. Directly on the land and indirectly through the output and application of petrochemical fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides, this group of farmers aligned with the country's goal of mass production for domestic demands and the external market that was pushed by development aid programs representing the goals of the so-called Green Revolution.

Assessment and permitted materials

In the center of attention stands the land reform in Mexico during the period of 1917 to 2000. With Emiliano Zapata as its figurehead.
Prof. Dr. Emilio Kourí, head of the Department of History at the University of Chicago and a specialist on Zapatism, will be co-teaching this course for one week in June.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic, complementary, and specific papers on the topic will be presented by students, and thoughtfully discussed among the entire group.
Teamwork and continuous​ participation in debates are essential requirements in this course.

Examination topics

Topics as elaborated in the course of the semester.
Attendance required; individual presentations including handouts that motivate​ colleagues to engage in discussions.

Reading list

Emilio Kourí, “Interpreting the Expropriation of Indian Pueblo Lands in Porfirian Mexico: The Unexamined Legacies of Andrés Molina Enríquez,” Hispanic American Historical Review (HAHR) 82:1 (2002), 69-117. (attached)
Emilio Kourí on Zapatismo in Revista NEXOS: https://www.nexos.com.mx (open source)
Abril 2019: La historia al revés
Mayo 2019: El ejido de Anenecuilco
Junio 2019: La caja de hojalata
Julio 2019: El alma perdida del Plan de Ayala
Agosto 2019: Chico Franco y Nicolás Zapata
Septiembre 2019: Zapatismo y agrarismo
Octubre 2019: Raíz y razón de Zapata
Noviembre 2019: Un Ejido Dividido (https://www.nexos.com.mx/?p=45546)
Arturo Warman, "The Political Project of Zapatismo," in F. Katz, Riot, Rebellion, and Revolution (Princeton, 1988), pp. 321-337.
Nathan Whetten, The Ejido: Mexico's Way Out (Chapel Hill, 1937).

Association in the course directory

SP Alte Geschichte, Mittelalter, Globalgeschichte, Digital Humanities, Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte

MA Geschichte (2014): 3 ECTS
MA Geschichte (2019): 5 ECTS
MA Globalgeschichte (2008): Globalgeshcichtliche Theorien, Quellen und Methoden (KU) (5 ECTS)
MA Globalgeschichte (2019): Methodenkurs (5 ECTS)

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