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The Chile Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America Readers)by Elizabeth Quay Hutchison
Synopses & Reviews
The Chile Reader makes available a rich variety of documents spanning more than five hundred years of Chilean history. Most of the selections are by Chileans; many have never before appeared in English. The history of Chile is rendered from diverse perspectives, including those of Mapuche Indians and Spanish colonists, peasants and aristocrats, feminists and military strongmen, entrepreneurs and workers, and priests and poets. Among the many selections are interviews, travel diaries, letters, diplomatic cables, cartoons, photographs, and song lyrics.
Texts and images, each introduced by the editors, provide insights into the ways that Chile's unique geography has shaped its national identity, the country's unusually violent colonial history, and the stable but autocratic republic that emerged after independence from Spain. They shed light on Chile's role in the world economy, the social impact of economic modernization, and the enduring problems of deep inequality. The Reader also covers Chile's bold experiments with reform and revolution, its subsequent descent into one of Latin America's most ruthless Cold War dictatorships, and its much-admired transition to democracy and a market economy in the years since dictatorship.
Perfect for the student or traveler, The Chile Reader covers more than 500 years of Chilean history, with an emphasis on the past half-century. Its many selections include interviews, travel diaries, diplomatic cables, cartoons, and photographs.
About the Author
Elizabeth Quay Hutchison is Assistant Professor of History at the University of New Mexico.
Thomas Miller Klubock is Associate Professor of History, SUNY Stony Brook.
Nara B. Milanich is Assistant Professor of History at Barnard College.
Peter Winn is Professor of History at Tufts University. His books include Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean and Weavers of Revolution: The Yarur Workers and Chile’s Road to Socialism.
Table of Contents
I. Environment and History 9
II. Chile before Chile: Indigenous Peoples, Conquest, and Colonial Society 59
III. The Honorable Exception: The New Chilean Nation in the Nineteenth Century 121
IV. Building a Modern Nation: Politics and the Social Question in the Nitrate Era 193
V. Depression, Development, and the Politics of Compromise 273
VI. The Chilean Road to Socialism: Reform and Revolution 343
VII. The Pinochet Dictatorship: Military Rule and Neoliberal Economics 433
VIII. Returning to Democracy: Transition and Continuity 521
Selected Readings 605
Acknowledgment of Copyrights and Sources 613
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