Synopses & Reviews
This book provides a general history of Latin America in the period between the European conquest and the gaining of independence by the Spanish American countries and Brazil (approximately 1492-1825). It is both an introduction for the student at the college level and a provisionally updated synthesis of the quickly changing field for the more experienced reader. The authors' aim is not only to treat colonial Brazil and colonial Spanish America in a single volume, something rarely done, but also to view early Latin America as one unit with a centre and peripheries, all parts of which were characterized by variants of the same kinds of change, regardless of national and imperial borders. The authors integrate both the older and the newer historical literature, seeing legal, institutional, and political phenomena within a social, economic, and cultural context. They incorporate insights from other disciplines and newer techniques of historical research, but eschew jargon or technical concepts. The approach of the book, with its emphasis on broad social and economic trends across large areas and long time periods, does much to throw light on Latin America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well.
This book provides a general history of Latin America in the period 1492-1825.
A brief general history of Latin America in the period between the European conquest and the independence of the Spanish American countries and Brazil serves as an introduction to this quickly changing field of study.
Table of Contents
List of tables, figures and maps; Preface; Part I. The Context: 1. Iberian ways; 2. Indigenous ways; Part II. Origins and Early Maturity: 3. From islands to mainland: the Caribbean phase and subsequent conquests; 4. Conquest society: central areas; 5. Maturity in the Spanish Indies: central areas; 6. Brazilian beginnings; 7. Brazil in the sugar cane; 8. The fringes; Part III. Reorientations: 9. Late colonial times in the Spanish Indies; 10. Brazil in the age of gold and absolutism; 11. Epilogue: the coming of independence; Bibliography; Index.