History of Latin America
Week 12: Central America in the 1980s

Lecture outline
Readings: Readings: **Montejo, Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village

Here is the study guide for Quiz #3, next Tuesday

Above, left : Religious status dressed as soldier in Chajul, El Quiche, Guatemala. Photograph by Jean-Marie Simon, in Guatemala: Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny (New York: W W Norton, 1988). Above, right: Funeral procession after 53 Q'eqchi' Maya were killed by the Guatemalan military at Panzós, Alta Verapaz, 1978. Source unknown.


The Pentagon's consideration of the "Salvador option" in Iraq, and the hindsight view of Salvadoran guerilla leader Joaquin Villalobos, now an adviser to Colombian president Alvaro Uribe on how to fight guerilla movements there.

Guatemala: Memory of Silence: the Report of the Commission for Historical Clarification.
Three military officers and a priest were convicted in the murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi two days after he presented this report.

Click here for a set of Rigoberta Menchú's speeches, and here for a synopsis of criticisms recently made of her work.