What is a nation? What is progress and how can we measure it? What is the nature of a just society? How can a country built out of a colonial empire create egalitarian, participatory nations, and is that a desirable goal? Can you get a just society by reforming the system, or is a revolution your only option? In this course, we seek to answer these questions by exploring the history of Modern Latin America. Through lectures, readings, music and art, we will examine moments where peoples and governments have sought to make and change the modern world.