The Riddle of Latin America

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-20
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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THE RIDDLE OF LATIN AMERICA explores the promise and paradox of Latin America in a novel way by giving equal weight to the colonial and national periods. This is essential because in Latin America colonialism started early and independence came late. The aim of this book is to provide unfamiliar readers with a more balanced, interpretive view of Latin America?s long and complex history by identifying key patterns and trends and tracing them across time and space. Within chapters THE RIDDLE OF LATIN AMERICA takes a regional rather than country-by-country approach, treating, for example, the Greater Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, the Andes, the Southern Cone, and Brazil.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Promise of Latin Americ?
When Worlds Collide (1450-1550)
Native American Trajectories
An Emerging Atlantic World
The Riddle of Conquest
Colonial Compromises (1550-1740)
Plunder and Production
The Battle for Orthodoxy
Daily Life in City and Country
Breaking Away (1740-1850)
War and Peace in the Late Colonies
The Wars of Independence
Colonial Continuities in the Early Republics
New Nations And Their Citizens (1850-1910)
Liberals, Conservatives, and Capitalists
Exports and Underdevelopment
Rural Majorities and Unconquered Frontiers
Reorientations And Reactions (1910-2010)
Revolution, Reform, and Foreign Intervention
Authoritarianism and its Discontents
Democracy, Urban Life, and Neoliberalism
Conclusion: The Paradox of Latin America
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