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

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Despite its significance in the history of Spanish colonialism, the Dominican Republic is familiar to most outsiders through only a few elements of its past and culture. Non-Dominicans may be aware that the country shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and that it is where Christopher Columbus chose to build a colony. Some may know that the country produces talented baseball players and musicians; others that it is a prime destination for beach vacations. Little else about the Dominican Republic is common knowledge outside its borders. This Reader seeks to change that. It provides an introduction to the history, politics, and culture of the country, from precolonial times into the early twenty-first century. Among the volume's 118 selections are essays, speeches, journalism, songs, poems, legal documents, testimonials, and short stories, as well as several interviews conducted especially for this Reader. Many of the selections have been translated into English for the first time. All of them are preceded by brief introductions written by the editors. The volume's eighty-five illustrations, ten of which appear in color, include maps, paintings, and photos of architecture, statues, famous figures, and Dominicans going about their everyday lives.

About the Author

Eric Paul Roorda is Professor of History at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of The Dictator Next Door: The Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1930–1945, published by Duke University Press.

Lauren Derby is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo, also published by Duke University Press.

Raymundo González is a researcher at the Dominican National Archives and Social Science Coordinator for the Dominican Ministry of Education. He teaches at the Universidad Iberoamericana and the Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó, both in Santo Domingo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822356882
Author:
Roorda, Eric Paul (edt)
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Gonzalez, Raymundo
Author:
Derby, Lauren H.
Author:
Roorda, Eric Paul
Author:
Peguero, Valentina
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
The Latin America Readers
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
85 illustrations, incl. 10 in color
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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