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Modern Latin America 5TH Editionby Thomas E Skidmore
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This popular book, now in its fifth edition, is a lively interpretive history that continues to be one of Oxford's most successful textbooks. Modern Latin America, 5/e has been thoroughly revised and expanded throughout. The authors have added sociocultural sections and boxes to nearly every chapter. The boxes cover such diverse areas as soccer in Brazil, Santería in Cuba, and the recent popularity of Latin music in the United States, all of which give this edition a distinctly new and exciting flavor. All political and economic information has been brought up-to-date and, as in earlier editions, the authors use an in-depth case study approach that guides readers through the major countries of Latin America, highlighting central themes including European-New World interaction, racial mixtures, military takeovers, and U.S. intervention in the area. With an insightful look into the future, Modern Latin America, 5/e will continue to be an exceptional text for undergraduate courses on contemporary Latin American history, society, and politics.
This popular text, now in its fourth edition, is a lively interpretive history that has been brought up to date in all areas, including the ongoing war against international drug trafficking, the difficulties and promises of NAFTA, the increasing trend toward democratic and pluralist politics, and the large-scale immigration of Latin Americans into the United States. As in earlier editions, the authors use an in-depth case-study approach that guides students through the major countries of Latin America, highlighting central themes such as European-New World interaction, racial mixtures, military takeovers, and U.S. intervention in the region. Completely expanded and updated throughout, this edition includes a broad overview of the region during the 1990s and provides a revised epilogue that takes stock of the recent developments, offering insights as to what the future holds for Latin America.
The leading survey in its field, this lively interpretive history has been brought up to date in all areas, especially in its treatment of recent developments in Central America. The new edition also features a completely new chapter on the Caribbean. As before, the authors illustrate such central themes as European-Indian and European-African interaction, large-scale immigration in the late 19th and 20th centuries, populist political leadership, military takeovers, and U.S. intervention in the region, examining the influence of economic forces and social tensions on political conflict in each case and discussing recent economic developments in clear, jargon-free language. Lucidly written and enhanced by insights from social science, Modern Latin America remains the preeminent treatment of this vitally important subject.
About the Author
Thomas E. Skidmore is Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of Modern Latin American History at Brown University. His previous books include Politics in Brazil, 1930-1964 and Politics of Military Rule in Brazil, 1964-1985, both published by Oxford; he was also an editor of The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Latin America.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Why Latin America?
1. The Colonial Foundations
2. The Transformation of Modern Latin America
*Crisis, Debt, and Democracy, 1980's-1990's
3. Argentina: From Proseperity to Deadlock
4. Chile: Socialism, Repression, and Democracy
5. Brazil: Development for Whom?
6. Peru: Soldiers, Oligarchs, and Indians
7. Mexico: The Taming of A Revoultion
8. Cuba: Late Colony, First Socialist State
9. The Caribbean: Colonies and Mini-States
10. Central America: Colonialism, Dictatorship, and Revolution
11. Latin America, The United States, and The World
*The End of the Cold War
EPILOGUE: What Future for Latin America
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