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Latin America: A Concise Interpretive History,9780131930438

Latin America: A Concise Interpretive History

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8th
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9780131930438

ISBN10:
0131930435
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

For courses in Modern Latin America. Organized thematically, this text offers a clear narrative that weaves together the story of an entire region, with coverage of broad themes and regional diffences. Despite the great diversity within the Latin America, there is a common theme that characterizes the sweep of history in the region. The original author of the text, E. Bradford Burns, phrased the problem as the paradox that poor people inhabit rich lands. The reason for the paradox is that a tiny group of elites confuses the nation's well-being with their own. When this text was first published in 1972, there were very few texts on Latin America, and the ones that existed largely read like catalogs of historical events. There are others now, but this textbook is still a leader in the market because of its clear thematic organization, a central narrative that tells a single story, albeit with many variations. Co-author Julie A. Charlip is very committed to continuing his legacy. Despite changes in research, interpretations, theories, etc., his basic premise is still the most accurate and succinct, providing the best framework for approaching the region.

Table of Contents

List of Maps xiii
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xvi
1 LAND AND PEOPLE
1(30)
The Land
2(1)
Latin America's Environmental Woes
3(5)
Environmental Issues by Country
8(2)
The Indigenous
10(9)
The European
19(3)
The African
22(6)
Mestizaje and the Creation of a New People
28(3)
2 FROM CONQUEST TO EMPIRE
31(32)
European Exploration
31(2)
Patterns of Conquest
33(3)
Colonial Economy
36(8)
The Conquered Peoples
44(2)
Colonial Administration
46(6)
The Catholic Church
52(6)
The Virgin de Guadalupe
58(1)
Colonial Society
59(4)
3 INDEPENDENCE
63(24)
A New Sense of Self
64(1)
The Bourbon Reforms
65(3)
The Temptations of Trade
68(4)
Early Warning Signs
72(1)
International Examples
73(2)
Impetus from the Outside
75(2)
Elitist Revolts
77(5)
Popular Revolution in Mexico
82(2)
The Brazilian Exception
84(3)
4 NEW NATIONS
87(34)
Monarchy or Republic?
87(4)
Shaping the New Republics
91(5)
Threats to the Nations
96(7)
Economic Instability
103(6)
Control by Caudillos
109(10)
Change and Continuity
119(2)
5 THE EMERGENCE OF THE MODERN STATE
121(35)
Political Stability
122(4)
Positivism and Progress
126(7)
Economic Prosperity
133(6)
Modest Industrialization
139(2)
Progress on the Periphery
141(2)
The Growth of Cities
143(4)
Superficial Modernization
147(2)
The Popular Challenge
149(7)
6 NEW ACTORS ON AN OLD STAGE 156(104)
The Presence of the United States
156(10)
The New Middle Class
166(4)
The Working Class
170(3)
The Middle Class in Politics
173(6)
7 THE MEXICAN EXPLOSION
179(28)
Cracks in the Regime
180(2)
Effective Suffrage and No Reelection
182(1)
Patrias Chicas
183(1)
The Maderista Revolt
184(3)
Madero in Power
187(3)
íViva Zapata!
190(2)
Huerta and the Counter-Revolution
192(4)
A Radical Constitution
196(2)
The Radicals Lose
198(1)
From Destruction to Construction
199(4)
The Apex of the Revolution
203(2)
A Revolutionary Balance Sheet
205(2)
8 FROM WORLD WARS TO COLD WAR
207(23)
Economic Crises
208(4)
Dictators and Populists
212(7)
Latin America Turns Inward
219(4)
A Flirtation With Democracy
223(7)
9 THE REVOLUTIONARY OPTION
230(30)
Cuba
233(9)
Cuba's Impact
242(10)
Chile 250 Nicaragua
252(8)
10 DEBT AND DICTATORSHIP 260(28)
Changing Economic Patterns
260(4)
Military Models for Change
264(6)
War in Central America
270(8)
The Church Under Attack
278(2)
The New Social Movements
280(3)
Do Elections Make Democracies?
283(5)
11 FORWARD INTO THE PAST 288(22)
Neoliberalism and Its Discontents
288(3)
NAFTA and the Zapatistas
291(5)
Latin America Swings Left
296(3)
Colombia's War Without End
299(3)
Citizens and Consumers
302(8)
A CHRONOLOGY OF SIGNIFICANT DATES IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY 310(6)
A GLOSSARY OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE TERMS 316(5)
A GLOSSARY OF CONCEPTS AND TERMS 321(5)
THE NOVEL AS HISTORY: A READING GUIDE 326


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