Synopses & Reviews
The best-selling text for introductory Latin American history courses, A HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA encompasses political and diplomatic theory, class structure and economic organization, culture and religion, and the environment. The integrating framework is the dependency theory, the most popular interpretation of Latin American history, which stresses the economic relationship of Latin American nations to wealthier nations, particularly the United States. Spanning pre-historic times to the present, A HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA takes both a chronological and a nation-by-nation approach, and includes the most recent historical analysis and the most up-to-date scholarship. The Ninth Edition includes expanded coverage of social and cultural history (including music) throughout and increased attention to women, indigenous cultures, and Afro-Latino people assures well balanced coverage of the region's diverse histories.
"...It has a clear perspective and develops the history in a clear and concise way...The multidisciplinary approach is very useful."
About the Author
Benjamin Keen (PhD, Yale University) was professor Emeritus from Northern Illinois University. He was a leading scholar in the field of Latin American history, particularly the colonial period in Mexico. Although retired from active teaching for some years, Keen continued to research, write, and lecture until his death in late 2002. Keith Haynes (PhD 1981 Northern Illinois University) is Professor of History at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where he has taught Latin American and U.S. diplomatic history for more than 20 years.
Table of Contents
I. The Colonial Heritage of Latin America. 1. Ancient America. 2. The Hispanic Background. 3. The Conquest of America. 4. The Economic Foundations of Colonial Life. 5. State, Church, and Society. 6. Colonial Brazil. 7. The Bourbon Reforms and Spanish America. 8. The Independence of Latin America. II. Latin America in the Nineteenth Century. 9. Decolonization and the Search for National Identities, 1821-1870. 10. Race, Nation, and the Meaning of Freedom, 1821-1888. 11. The Triumph of Neocolonialism and the Liberal State, 1870-1900. III. Latin America Since 1900. 12. Forging a New Nation: The Mexican Revolution and the Populist Challenge. 13. Brazil: Populism and the Struggle for Democracy in a Multiracial Society. 14. Argentina: Populism, the Military, and the Struggle for Democracy. 15. Cuba: The Revolutionary Socialist Alternative to Populism. 16. Storm Over the Andes: Indigenous Rights and the Corporatist Military Alternative. 17. Chile: The Democratic Socialist Alternative. 18. Twilight of the Tyrants: Revolution and Prolonged Popular War in Central America. 19. Lands of Bolivar: Military Crisis, State Repression, and Popular Democracy. 20. Deconstructing the State: Dictatorship and Neoliberal Markets. 21. Transcending Neoliberalism: Electoral Enganos and Popular Resistance to the Dictatorship of Markets. 22. The Two Americas: United States-Latin American Relations.