Born in Blood and Fire : A Concise History of Latin America

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Textbook Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-02-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON
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Deeply knowledgeable about the geography, history, and culture of the region, Chasteen serves as the reader's guide as he masterfully ties together the history of over 20 countries spanning more than six centuries. Beginning with the Encounter and ending in our current times, Chasteen tells a story filled with despair and hope, conquest and colonization, racial mixing and class construction, revolution and the formation of the republics, and the never ending quest for sustained economic growth and social equality. Your understanding of the much misunderstood region will be forever changed after reading this beautifully written book.

The most readable and highly regarded history of Latin America for our times.

‘’Made up of 20 very different countries, Latin America has sometimes been treated as though it were a homogeneous unit, one mired in poverty and political instability. University of North Carolina scholar John Charles Chasteen's sweeping history of the region imparts a sense of how diverse ethnically, linguistically, culturally’’-Latin America truly is, and of how that part of the world is rapidly changing, mostly for the better. For example, he writes, in 1980 most governments of the region were dictatorships of various descriptions. In 2000, elected governments rule almost everywhere.

‘’Chasteen observes that, although Latin America came into being under the imperial aegis of a few European powers, principally Spain and Portugal, it quickly branched into sometimes conflicting regions with widely differing ideas of economic development and government. He goes on to examine the careers of some of Latin America's most important historical figures, among them Simon Bolivar, who spread a revolutionary gospel of independence throughout the hemisphere, and Lázaro Cárdenas, the Mexican president who, in 1938, nationalized the oil industry and set his nation on a difficult course toward economic self government. Of particular interest is Chasteen's consideration of the many reasons Latin American governments have clashed with that of the United States.’’-among them disenchantment over the 1947 Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Germany at enormous cost, while offering almost no assistance to needy Latin American allies.

‘’Designed as an undergraduate textbook, Chasteen's survey offers a useful overview of a region that, although of growing importance in world affairs, remains little understood.’’ -Gregory McNamee

Author Biography

John Charles Chasteen is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the highly acclaimed translator of Tulio Halperin Donghi's The Contemporary History of Latin America and the author of Heroes on Horseback: The Life and Times of the Last Gaucho Caudillos and National Rhythms, African Roots: The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance.

Table of Contents

Mapsp. ix
Acknowledgmentp. xi
Time Linep. xii
Introductionp. 1
Encounterp. 11
Countercurrents: Friar Bartolomé de las Casasp. 43
Colonial Cruciblep. 49
Countercurrents: Colonial Rebellionsp. 81
Independencep. 87
Countercurrents: The Gaze of Outsidersp. 111
Postcolonial Bluesp. 117
Countercurrents: The Power of Outsidersp. 144
Progressp. 149
Countercurrents: International Warsp. 177
Neocolonialismp. 181
Countercurrents: New Immigration to Latin Americap. 211
Nationalismp. 217
Countercurrents: Populist Leaders of the Twentieth Centuryp. 248
Revolutionp. 253
Countercurrents: Liberation Theologyp. 280
Reactionp. 285
Countercurrents: La Violencia, Pablo Escobar, and Colombia's Long Tormentp. 313
Neoliberalismp. 319
Glossaryp. A1
Further Acknowledgmentsp. A9
Indexp. A11
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Great textbook June 15, 2011
This is truly the best historical insight to Latin America I have found in one textbook. The information in this textbook is extensive and serves well as a textbook. Born In Blood And Fire is an invaluable introduction and survey for students of Latin American history. This used textbook arrived on time and the seller even sent me a message when she mailed it out. I'll be back to this seller again!
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