The Penguin History Of Latin America by EDWIN WILLIAMSONThe Penguin History Of Latin America by EDWIN WILLIAMSON

The Penguin History Of Latin America


Paperback | February 23, 2010

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Now fully updated to 2009, this acclaimed history of Latin America tells its turbulent story from Columbus to Chavez. Beginning with the Spanish and Portugese conquests of the New World, it takes in centuries of upheaval, revolution and modernization up to the present day, looking in detail at Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Cuba, and gives an overview of the cultural developments that have made Latin America a source of fascination for the world. 'A first-rate work of history ... His cool, scholarly gaze and synthesizing intelligence demystify a part of the world peculiarly prone to myth-making ... This book covers an enormous amount of ground, geographically and culturally' Tony Gould, Independent on Sunday
Edwin Williamson holds the King Alfonso XIII Chair of Spanish at the University of Oxford. He has since 2003 been a Professorial Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He had previously held the Forbes Chair of Hispanic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has held academic posts at Trinity College, Dublin and Birkbeck College, Univ...
Title:The Penguin History Of Latin AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.2 inPublished:February 23, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141034750

ISBN - 13:9780141034751

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Introduction to The Region's History To prepare for a cruise through the Caribbean and Latin America, I picked up this book. I thought the author was particularly strong on political and economic history. For example, the struggle of several countries in the region to change their economic base from exporting commodities like sugar, beef and precious metals. It was also notable to see how tourism was deliberately encouraged as a economic strategy in countries such as Mexico following the Second World War. Though the book starts in the 1490s, there is a heavy coverage on the period after 1900. Given the difficult task of covering 500 years of history, the book does well. I found the analysis on the search for political legitimacy fascinating - Catholicism and monarchy served as unifying principles for much of the region during the colonial period. After independence, many countries in the area struggle to develop stable democratic governments. I recommend it as an introductory text to the region's history.
Date published: 2016-12-20

Table of Contents

The Penguin History of Latin AmericaPreface

Part One: The Age of Empire

1. Discovery and Conquest
2. Indians and Iberians
3. Spain in America
4. The Spanish Indies
5. Colonial Brazil

Part Two: The Challenge of the Modern World

6. Reform, Crisis and Independence
7. The Quest for Order: Conservatives and Liberals in the Nineteenth Century
8. 'Civilization and Barbarism': Literary and Cultural Developments I

Part Three: The Twentieth Century

9. Nationalism and Development: An Overview
10. Mexico: Revolution and Stability
11. Brazil: Order and Progress
12. Cuba: Dependency, Nationalism and Revolution
13. Argentina: The Long Decline
14. Chile: Democracy, Revolution and Dictatorship
15. Identity and Modernity: Literary and Cultural Developments II

Part Four: Towards a New Era

16. Globalization and Reform: An Overview

Statistical Appendix
Further Reading
Glossary of Key Terms
Index of Subjects
Index of Names