Latin America since 1780

ISBN-10: 0340958731

ISBN-13: 9780340958735

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Will Fowler

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Written in an accessible style and assuming no prior knowledge, the books in this series address the specific needs of students on language courses, as well as anyone with an interest in modern history. Approaching the study of history via contemporary politics and society, each book offers a clear historical narrative and sets its country into the context of the wider world. Although largely sharing a common past and language, the countries in Latin America remain distinct entities with their own identities. Latin America since 1780 provides a continental-based historical narrative which stresses the common themes between countries like Mexico in North America to Argentina in the Southern Cone, while at the same time highlighting their specific national contexts. This book focuses on key events such as the Mexican-American War, the Cuban Revolution, and the overthrow of Salvador Allende's government, as well as providing short inserts on the main political protagonists such as Simon Bolivar, Getulio Vargas and the Subcomandante Marcos. This new edition has been fully updated to include recent events and trends including Hugo Chavez's "Bolivarian Revolution" in Venezuela, Evo Morales' electoral victory in Bolivia, and the so-called Pink Tide that has resulted in the emergence of a variety of socialist-leaning governments in the region. At the same time, the book discusses Latin America's cultural diversity, paying particular attention to the response of writers and film makers to the historical contexts covered in the book. A range of pedagogical devices and a lively prose style makes this book the ideal introduction to Latin American history.
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List price: $38.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748

Will Fowler is a professor of Latin American Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His many books includeForceful Negotiations: The Origins of thePronunciamientoin Nineteenth-Century Mexico(Nebraska, 2010) andSanta Anna of Mexico(available in a Bison Books edition).

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Chronology of main events
Prologue: Many Latin Americas
The late colonial period and the wars of independence (1780-1825)
World context
The colonial experience
Church-State relations
The emergence of creole patriotism
Who revolted and why
Mexico's war of independence
The independence of the River Plate provinces
Jose de San Martin's campaign in the South
Simon Bolivar's campaign in the North
The independence of Brazil
The case of Cuba
Exhibit 1.1: Morelos' Sentimientos de la nacion (1813)
Exhibit 1.2: Artigas' Instrucciones (1813)
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Early national period (1825-1850)
World context
The age of proposals
Federalists and centralists
Church-State relations
The Brazilian empire
The United Provinces of Central America
The Chilean Constitution of 1833
Major international wars (1825-1848)
Exhibit 2.1: Bolivar's letter from Barranquilla (1830)
Exhibit 2.2: Gutierrez Estrada's Carta (1840)
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The rise of the neocolonial order (1850-1880)
World context
The watershed
Liberals and conservatives
The neocolonial order
Order and progress
The rise of the oligarchy
The empire of Pedro II (1841-1889)
Major Latin American wars (1864-1883)
Exhibit 3.1: Alberdi's Bases y puntos de partida (1852)
Exhibit 3.2: Sarmiento's presidential address (1868)
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The development and fall of the neocolonial order (1880-1930)
World context
The triumph of the liberal State
The First Republic of Brazil (1889-1930)
The rise of US interventionism
The impact of immigration
The 'social question'
The Mexican Revolution (1910-1920)
The crisis of the 1920s and the emergence of nationalism
Exhibit 4.1: Jose Carlos Mariategui, 7 Ensayos (1928)
Exhibit 4.2: Emiliano Zapata, Plan de Ayala (1911)
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Reaction and revolution (1930-1970)
World context
The 1929 Wall Street Crash and its consequences
Land of dictators
Latin America and the Cold War
The Cuban Revolution (1956-1959)
Struggling democracies
Latin American wars (1932-1969)
Exhibit 5.1: Rafael Trujillo, Mensaje al pueblo dominicano (1931)
Exhibit 5.2: Fidel Castro, Primera declaracion de La Habana (1960)
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Dictatorship and democracy since 1970
World context
The last dictators
The Sandinista revolution (Nicaragua, 1979)
Processes of democratisation
Globalisation, the impact of neoliberalism and the rise of the New Left
Drug trafficking
The challenges of the twenty-first century
Exhibit 6.1: Evo Morales, Discurso de posesion del Presidente Constitucional de la Republica (2006)
Exhibit 6.2: Hugo Chavez, Discurso ante la ONU (2006)
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Further reading
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