HIS 4340 Modern Latin America

Final Essay Exam:


You will write an essay of approximately 6-8 pages in length (double spaced, 1 inch margins all-around, no extra spacing between paragraphs, 12-point Times New Roman font).  No paper should be longer than 8 pages.


You will use information which was used for the class (the Chasteen textbook and reader, the Ball and/or Rabe texts as well as any info distributed in class).  When you use any of these sources, you should cite correctly using either a parenthetical reference (MLA) or Chicago (Turabian) style.  (Please note that I will deduct points if you use information other than what’s indicated above.)


Your essays will be marked based on 1) argument/logic, 2) evidence used, and 3) grammar/syntax.  As this is a senior-level course, I assume your knowledge of the critical essay form as well as your ability to cite correctly.  The specific rubric used for grading is here: https://lat.taskstream.com/rubricExternal/k7ecfjfjfifhf6ep


The essay is due not later than 1pm on Thursday, 7 December in Blackboard


Things to keep in mind:

1.      Arguments differ from opinion in that you must provide specific pieces of evidence to support what you’re writing.

2.      For this assignment, your opinion is not important; I am not asking for it and I don’t want it. 

3.      Whatever your own personal convictions or values, you must assess the material critically and objectively. Do not use first person in your essay.


Essay Question:  Over the second half of this term we have examined specific periods of the 20th century history of Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Brazil.  In each of these places we have seen a pattern of alternating military and civilian rule.


Select at least two countries and while providing an overview of this pattern since 1945, suggest/argue the reason(s)/cause(s) for it.  Conclude with an assessment of the future political prospects for the countries you discuss.


*The reason(s)/cause(s) for the pattern is your thesis.

*You will want to argue based on source material used for this course.

*Be sure to consider the larger international context in which the events you describe take place.

*Also consider the context of economics—both local and global—for the events you describe.