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The Guatemala Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America Readers)

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This reader brings together more than 200 texts and images in a broad introduction to Guatemala's history, culture, and politics. In choosing the selections, the editors sought to avoid representing the country only in terms of its long experience of conflict, racism, and violence. And so, while offering many perspectives on that violence, this anthology portrays Guatemala as a real place where people experience joys and sorrows that cannot be reduced to the contretemps of resistance and repression. It includes not only the opinions of politicians, activists, and scholars, but also poems, songs, plays, jokes, novels, short stories, recipes, art, and photographs that capture the diversity of everyday life in Guatemala. The editors introduce all of the selections, from the first piece, an excerpt from the Popol Vuh, a mid-sixteenth-century text believed to be the single most important source documenting pre-Hispanic Maya culture, through the final selections, which explore contemporary Guatemala in relation to neoliberalism, multiculturalism, and the dynamics of migration to the United States and of immigrant life. Many pieces were originally published in Spanish, and most of those appear in English for the first time.

Synopsis:

An interdisciplinary anthology on the largest, most populous nation in Central America, covering Guatemalan history, culture, literature and politics and containing many primary sources not previously published in English.

About the Author

Greg Grandin is Professor of History at New York University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Fordandrsquo;s Forgotten Jungle City, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History.

Deborah T. Levenson is Associate Professor of History at Boston College and the author of Trade Unionists against Terror: Guatemala City, 1954andndash;1985 and Adiandoacute;s Niandntilde;o: Political Violence and the Gangs of Guatemala City, forthcoming from Duke University Press.

Elizabeth Oglesby is Associate Professor of Geography and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. She previously worked as the editor of Central America Report and the associate editor for NACLA Report on the Americas.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xv

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction 1

I. The Maya: Before the Europeans 11

II. Invasion and Colonialism 39

III. A Caffeinated Modernism 107

IV. Ten Years of Spring and Beyond 197

V. Roads to Revolution 281

VI. Intent to Destroy 361

VII. An Unsettled Peace 441

VIII. Maya Movements 501

IX. The Sixth Century 545

Suggestions for Further Reading 625

Acknowledgment of Copyrights and Sources 641

Index 653

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822351078
Author:
Grandin, Greg
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Levenson, Deborah T.
Author:
Levenson, Deborah
Author:
Oglesby, Elizabeth
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
World History-Central America
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
The Latin America Readers
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
105 illustrations, 10 color plates, 1 ma
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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