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Viva la Revolucion! in Cuba

Remember that ever since the 1898 Cuban War for Independence a.k.a. The Spanish-American War the U.S. has had extreme influence over the Cuban government. Over the next 50 years that influence grew as Havana became a destination for American tourists, businesspeople, and the mob. Inequality was massive. Sugarcane planters spent half the year unemployed, roaming …

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The Cold War in Latin America

A So how did the US support the fight against communism in Latin America? They sent money and weapons to governments fighting against leftist governments or insurgencies. More directly, they invited many officials from those governments to the prestigious US Army School of the Americas. Located at Fort Benning in Georgia, the School of the …

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20th century Latin America

So remember the tension between military governments and the peasants that I mentioned popped up during and after their revolutions? Yeah, it never went away. Remember that a lot of countries gained independence under the direction of military juntas that formed to rule on behalf of the true king while Napoleon was Napoleoning all over …

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Ancient River Valley Civilizations

Forgot everything about the ancient River Valley Civilizations from high school history? Of course you did – it’s ancient! Let’s review the society, politics, interaction with the environment, culture, and economy of Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley and China! (Listen to the full episode here!)

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What Is A Civilization?

Forgot all the requirements to be a civilization from your high school history class? Of course you did! Let’s review the definition of a civilization including a surplus, institutions, and record keeping! (Listen to the full episode here!) “Requirements” of a Civilization After the Neolithic Revolution comes the rise of civilization which really just means …

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