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The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures

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1st
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9781403980816

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1403980810
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/12/2007
Publisher(s):
Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

This narrative history of Latin America surveys five centuries in less than five hundred pages. The first third of the book moves from the Americas before Columbus to the wars for independence in the early nineteenth century. The construction of new nations and peoples in the nineteenth century forms the middle third, and the final section analyzes economic development, rising political participation, and the search of identity over the last century. The collision of peoples and cultures-Native Americans, Europeans, Africans-that defines Latin America, and gives it both its unity and diversity, provides the central theme of this concise, synthetic history.

Author Biography

Marshall C. Eakin is Professor of History at Vanderbilt University and Executive Director of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA).  A specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazilian history, he is the author of British Enterprise in Brazil (1989); Brazil: The Once and Future Country (1997); and Tropical Capitalism: The Industrialization of Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2001).  Eakin has also created two video courses with the Teaching Company: "Conquest of the Americas" and "The Americas in the Revolutionary Era." 
He is a noted authority on the region, and has written many journal and magazine articles on Latin American history, culture, and politics as well as contributing to travel guides.  He lives in Nashville, TN.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Unity and Diversity
Three Peoples Converge
The Lay of the Land and the Water
American Peoples and Cultures
Iberians and Africans
Moving Out across the Oceans
The First Conquest
The Conquest on the Peripheries
Building Empires and Societies in a New World
Land and Labor
State and Empire
Religion and Empire
Race, Culture, and Society
Reforms and Revolutions
The Onset of the Wars for Independence
The Wars for Independence
Forging a New Order
Liberals, Conservatives, and Disorder
Liberals, Positivists, and Order
Great Britain, the U.S., and Latin America
The Pursuit of Identity
Democracy, Development, and Identity
Diverging Paths: Many Latin Americas
The Path of Revolution: Before 1959
The Path of Revolution: Since 1959
The Path of Reform
Poverty and Progress
Race, Class, and Culture
Latin America in the 21st Century
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