L307 Winter 2019 Revolution in Latin America: The Success and Failure of Che Guevara
Mondays, 9:40–11:05, Jan 28–Feb 11
Instructor: Roland G. Estrada
Ernesto “Che” Guevara is known around the world for his revolutionary efforts to bring political change mostly in Latin America. He is better known for his influence on the Cuban revolution. His death in Bolivia in 1967 was the result of his effort to bring his “foco” theory of revolution to the forefront. The three lectures will cover his younger life in Argentina, his tours around the Southern Cone, his relationship with the Castro brothers in Mexico, his participation and victory in the Cuban revolution, and finally his failure to export his revolutionary brand to an isolated area of Bolivia. How did he become so well known? The course will discuss reasons for this and his search for success in Latin America.
Roland G. Estrada is a retired foreign service officer who was assigned for two tours in Bolivia, as well as other countries in Latin America. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His master’s dissertations were on the Yom Kippur War (1973) and the changing implications of Sino-American détente (Nixon’s trip to China).