Riddle of Latin America

ISBN-10: 0618153063

ISBN-13: 9780618153060

Edition: 2012

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THE RIDDLE OF LATIN AMERICA explores the promise and paradox of Latin America in a novel way by giving equal weight to the colonial and national periods. This is essential because in Latin America colonialism started early and independence came late. The aim of this book is to provide unfamiliar readers with a more balanced, interpretive view of Latin America?s long and complex history by identifying key patterns and trends and tracing them across time and space. Within chapters THE RIDDLE OF LATIN AMERICA takes a regional rather than country-by-country approach, treating, for example, the Greater Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, the Andes, the Southern Cone, and Brazil.
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Book details

List price: $98.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Kris Lane received his B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1991, and his Ph.D in History from the University of Minnesota in 1996. Lane specializes in Colonial Latin American history, focusing mostly on mining in the Andes Mountains of South America. Lane's books include PILLAGING THE EMPIRE: PIRACY IN THE AMERICAS, 1500-1750 (1998) and QUITO, 1599: CITY & COLONY IN TRANSITION (2002). He also edited Bernardo de Vargas MACHUCA'S INDIAN MILITIA AND DESCRIPTION OF THE INDIES (2008) and DEFENSE OF THE WESTERN CONQUESTS (2009). Lane has also published articles on piracy, slavery, gold mining, headhunting, and witchcraft in colonial Ecuador and Colombia. His new book, COLOR OF PARADISE: COLOMBIAN EMERALDS IN THE AGE OF GUNPOWDER EMPIRES, is due out in 2010.

Matthew Restall is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Colonial Latin American History, Anthropology and Women's Studies at Penn State University at University Park. He is also the co-director of "LiLACS" and Director of Latin American Studies, a member of the Committee for Early Modern Studies, the editor of "Ethnohistory Journal", and the series editor for "Latin American Originals". Restall's area of specialization resides in colonial Yucatan, Mexico, Maya history, the Spanish Conquest, and Africans in Spanish America. During the 1990s, his research focused on studying the Mayas of Yucatan through sources written in the Yucatec Maya language between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries--this work culminated in THE MAYA WORLD (1997) and MAYA CONQUISTADOR (1998). His research on the Conquest has been published as SEVEN MYTHS OF THE SPANISH CONQUEST (2003), and Invading Guatemala (2007). More recently, he received NEH and Guggenheim fellowships to study people of African descent in Mexico and Yucatan, and his book, THE BLACK MIDDLE: AFRICANS, MAYAS, AND SPANIARDS IN COLONIAL YUCATAN published in June of 2009.

Introduction
When Worlds Collide (1450-1550)
Native American Trajectories
An Emerging Atlantic World
The Riddle of Conquest
Colonial Compromises (1550-1740)
Plunder and Production
The Battle for Orthodoxy
Daily Life in City and Country
Breaking Away (1740-1850)
War and Peace in the Late Colonies
The Wars of Independence
Continuity and Change in the Early Republics
New Nations and Their Citizens (1850-1910)
Liberals, Conservatives, and Capitalists
Exports and the Problem of Development
Rural Majorities, Urban Poverty, and Unconquered Frontiers
Reorientations and Reactions (1910-2010)
Riding a Revolutionary Tide
Authoritarianism and Its Discontents
Democracy, Urban Life, and Neoliberalism
Conclusion
Index
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