Dr. Isaac Campos

This course explores the history of the Cold War in Latin America with particular emphasis on the relationship between the United States and the region during the second half of the twentieth century.

The course examines how geopolitics revolution and dictatorship combined to produce one of Latin America’s most violent and tragic periods. It also delves into the social and cultural impacts of the Cold War in the region. Major events covered include the “Democratic Spring” of the 1940s, the 1954 CIA-backed overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala, the Cuban Revolution and Missile Crisis, the rise of various Cuban-inspired insurgencies, the Dirty Wars of the 1970s, Augusto Pinochet’s Chile, and the violent conflicts of 1980s Central America.