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This narrative history of Latin America surveys five centuries in less than five hundred pages. The first third of the book moves from the Americas before Columbus to the wars for independence in the early nineteenth century. The construction of new nations and peoples in the nineteenth century forms the middle third, and the final section analyzes economic development, rising political participation, and the search of identity over the last century. The collision of peoples and cultures--Native Americans, Europeans, Africans--that defines Latin America, and gives it both its unity and diversity, provides the central theme of this concise, synthetic history.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Unity and Diversity - PART I: THREE PEOPLES CONVERGE - The Lay of the Land and the Water - American Peoples and Cultures - Iberians and Africans - Moving Out across the Oceans - The First Conquest - The Conquest on the Peripheries - PART II: BUILDING EMPIRES AND SOCIETIES IN A NEW WORLD - Land and Labor - State and Empire - Religion and Empire - Race, Culture, and Society - Reforms and Revolutions - The Onset of the Wars for Independence - The Wars for Independence - PART III: FORGING A NEW ORDER - Liberals, Conservatives, and Disorder - Liberals, Positivists, and Order - Great Britain, the U.S., and Latin America - The Pursuit of Identity - PART IV: DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT, AND IDENTITY - Diverging Paths: Many Latin Americas - The Path of Revolution: Before 1959 - The Path of Revolution: Since 1959 - The Path of Reform - Poverty and Progress - Race, Class, and Culture - Latin America in the 21st Century

About the Author

MARSHALL C. EAKIN is the author of Brazil: The Once and Future Country. He is a noted authority on the region, and has written many journal and magazine articles on Latin American history, culture, and politics as well as contributing to travel guides.

Reviews

Eakin's clear organizational framework combines with his taut prose to produce a highly readable and informative history of Latin America. Students will want to turn first to "The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures" to begin their education in the history of this fascinating region.--Todd A. Diacon, Professor of History, Vice Provost for Academic Operations, The University of Tennessee, on Brazil: The Once and Future Country "The best short survey of Brazil since the anthropologist Charles Wagley's 1963 classic, An Introduction to Brazil." --Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs, on Brazil: The Once and Future Country"Eakin's clear organizational framework combines with his taut prose to produce a highly readable and informative history of Latin America. Students will want to turn first to The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures to begin their education in the history of this fascinating region." --Todd A. Diacon, Professor of History, Vice Provost for Academic Operations, The University of Tennessee, on Brazil: The Once and Future Country"This book is well-written and jargon-free, with accessible prose for the novice student of Latin America. Having used several different general survey texts in my introductory Latin American Studies course, I can truly say that this is my favorite." --Erin Minzenberg, Miami University, The Latin Americanist, on Brazil: The Once and Future Country The best short survey of Brazil since the anthropologist Charles Wagley's 1963 classic, An Introduction to Brazil. Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs, on Brazil: The Once and Future Country Eakin's clear organizational framework combines with his taut prose to produce a highly readable and informative history of Latin America. Students will want to turn first to The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures to begin their education in the history of this fascinating region. Todd A. Diacon, Professor of History, Vice Provost for Academic Operations, The University of Tennessee, on Brazil: The Once and Future Country This book is well-written and jargon-free, with accessible prose for the novice student of Latin America. Having used several different general survey texts in my introductory Latin American Studies course, I can truly say that this is my favorite. Erin Minzenberg, Miami University, The Latin Americanist, on Brazil: The Once and Future Country" The best short survey of Brazil since the anthropologist Charles Wagley's 1963 classic, "An Introduction to Brazil." "Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs, on Brazil: The Once and Future Country" Eakin's clear organizational framework combines with his taut prose to produce a highly readable and informative history of Latin America. Students will want to turn first to "The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures" to begin their education in the history of this fascinating region. Todd A. Diacon, Professor of History, Vice Provost for Academic Operations, The University of Tennessee, on Brazil: The Once and Future Country This book is well-written and jargon-free, with accessible prose for the novice student of Latin America. Having used several different general survey texts in my introductory Latin American Studies course, I can truly say that this is my favorite. "Erin Minzenberg, Miami University, The Latin Americanist, on Brazil: The Once and Future Country"" Praise for "Brazil: The Once and Future Country: ""The best short survey of Brazil since the anthropologist Charles Wagley's 1963 classic, "An Introduction to Brazil.""--Kenneth Maxwell, "Foreign Affairs" "Eakin's clear organizational framework combines with his taut prose to produce a highly readable and informative history of Latin America. Students will want to turn first to "The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures" to begin their education in the history of this fascinating region."--Todd A. Diacon, Professor of History, Vice Provost for Academic Operations, The University of Tennessee"This book is well-written and jargon-free, with accessible prose for the novice student of Latin America. Having used several different general survey texts in my introductory Latin American Studies course, I can truly say that this is my favorite."--Erin Minzenberg, Miami University, The Latin Americanist

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