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A Companion to Latin American History

ISBN: 978-1-4443-9164-0
544 pages
March 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Companion to Latin American History collects the work of leading experts in the field to create a single-source overview of the diverse history and current trends in the study of Latin America.
  • Presents a state-of-the-art overview of the history of Latin America
  • Written by the top international experts in the field
  • 28 chapters come together as a superlative single source of information for scholars and students
  • Recognizes the breadth and diversity of Latin American history by providing systematic chronological and geographical coverage
  • Covers both historical trends and new areas of interest
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List of Figures, Tables, and Maps.

Notes on Contributors.

Introduction (Thomas H. Holloway).

1 Early Population Flows in the Western Hemisphere (Tom D. Dillehay).

2 Mesoamerica (John Monaghan and Andrew R. Wyatt).

3 Tradition and Change in the Central Andes (Jeffrey Quilter).

4 Portuguese and Spaniards in the Age of European Expansion (William D. Phillips, Jr. and Carla Rahn Phillips).

5 Exploration and Conquest (Patricia Seed).

6 Colonial Brazil (1500–1822) (Hal Langfur).

7 Institutions of the Spanish American Empire in the Hapsburg Era (Susan Elizabeth Ramírez).

8 Indigenous Peoples in Colonial Spanish American Society (Kevin Terraciano).

9 Slavery in the Americas (Franklin W. Knight).

10 Religion, Society, and Culture in the Colonial Era (Rachel Sarah O'Toole).

11 Imperial Rivalries and Reforms (John Fisher).

12 The Process of Spanish American Independence (Jaime E. Rodríguez O.).

13 New Nations and New Citizens: Political Culture in Nineteenth-century Mexico, Peru, and Argentina (Sarah C. Chambers).

14 Imperial Brazil (1822–89) (Judy Bieber).

15 Abolition and Afro-Latin Americans (Aline Helg).

16 Land, Labor, Production, and Trade: Nineteenth-century Economic and Social Patterns (Aldo A. Lauria-Santiago).

17 Modernization and Industrialization (Colin M. Lewis).

18 Practical Sovereignty: The Caribbean Region and the Rise of US Empire (Mary A. Renda).

19 The Mexican Revolution (Adrian A. Bantjes).

20 Populism and Developmentalism (Joel Wolfe).

21 The Cuban Revolution (Luis Martínez-Fernández).

22 The National Security State (David R. Mares).

23 Central America in Upheaval (Julie A. Charlip).

24 Culture and Society: Latin America since 1900 (Robert McKee Irwin).

25 Environmental History of Modern Latin America (Lise Sedrez).

26 Women, Gender, and Family in Latin America, 1820–2000 (Nara Milanich).

27 Identity, Ethnicity, and "Race" (Peter Wade).

28 Social and Economic Impact of Neoliberalism (Duncan Green).

Index.

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Thomas H. Holloway is Professor of Latin American History at the University of California at Davis, where he was Director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas from 2000 to 2007. He served as President of the Latin American Studies Association, 2000-01, and Executive Secretary of the Conference on Latin American History, 2002-07. He has taught widely on Latin American history since 1974. His research focuses mainly on the social and economic history of Brazil. His previous books include Immigrants on the Land: Coffee and Society in São Paulo, 1886-1934 (1980) and Policing Rio de Janeiro: Repression and Resistance in a 19th-century city (1993).
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  • Presents a state-of-the-art overview of the history of Latin America
  • Written by the top international experts in the field
  • 28 chapters come together as a superlative single source of information for scholars and students
  • Recognizes the breadth and diversity of Latin American history by providing systematic chronological and geographical coverage
  • Covers both historical trends and new areas of interest
See More
"For many readers, this work will prove helpful in engendering a broader understanding of the layers, complexities, and array of approaches in studies of Latin America. Summing Up: Highly recommended." (CHOICE, February 2009)

"Blackwell is to be congratulated on offering a comprehensive review drawing together the disparate threads of the history of the many nations which make up the southern half of the American continent … .For the undergraduate student of the general reader seeking a handy overview to the history of the region the present volume provides an excellent introduction." (Reference Reviews, Issue 7 2008)

"The 30 scholars who contributed these 28 essays covering prehistoric times to the present represent the fields of anthropology, archaeology, ethnography, gender studies, history, political science, and Spanish. They furnish readers with an excellent addition to the body of works exploring Latin America. Entries are ordered logically and pragmatically and lend structure to a comprehensive approach to the study of Latin America. This work treats Brazil as a distinctive entity and explores women, gender, family, and modern environmental history. The editor addresses the appropriateness of the descriptor "Latin America." The inclusion of these elements is timely, lending to the completeness of coverage. The maps are important to the few entries that include them and provide the reader with graphical data. However, the small size and indiscernible formatting of the maps undermines their potential usefulness. Because of the scholarly tone and depth of information provided in each entry, readers who already have a foundational knowledge of the region will extract the greatest benefit. Nevertheless, for many readers, this work will prove helpful in engendering a broader understanding of the layers, complexities, and array of approaches in studies of Latin America. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (A. G. Garza, California State University, Stanislaus, Choice, February 2008)

"This volume is an accessible and welcome contribution to the general field of Latin American Studies. Overall, the volume is excellent with just the right mix of generalization and particularity. This volume is smartly structured, well informed, and written by top scholars in the field." (The Americas: Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History, April 2007)

"Up-to-the-minute syntheses of scholarly literature on a wide array of topics, clearly and authoritatively presented. An indispensable tool for any student of Latin America’s past and present."
Reid Andrews, University of Pittsburgh

"This excellent collection reminds readers of the depth and highly developed nature of Latin American Studies in the twenty-first century. Discussions of methods, historiography, and recent trends provide a sophisticated introduction that is useful for students and faculty in many different disciplines."
Jeffrey Lesser, Emory University

"An impressive team, under able editorship, has put together a detailed, up-to-date and comprehensive volume which conveys a wealth of information and does not ‘talk down’ to the intelligent reader."
Alan Knight, St Antony's College

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