Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean / Edition 3

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Americas is the most authoritative history available of contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. From Mexico to Tierra del Fuego, from Cuba to Trinidad and Tobago, Americas examines the historical, demographic, political, social, cultural, religious, and economic trends in the region. For this edition, Peter Winn has provided a new preface and epilogue and has updated the book throughout to take account of dramatic changes and developments in Latin America since 1994.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Balanced and wide-ranging, this companion volume to a PBS TV series uses a thematic rather than an encyclopedic approach to examine the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Winn, the academic director of the series and professor of history at Tufts University, ably integrates the PBS team's reportage with current scholarship in seven disciplines, ranging from anthropology to economics to sociology. After canvassing the legacies of the European conquerors, Winn examines issues of national identity and economic development by focusing on Argentina. He looks also at the uneven results of development under the Brazilian military. Other discussions survey internal migration, the role of indigenous peoples, the complexity of race relations and the treatment of women. Concluding chapters address U.S. influence in the region, the history and future of revolution there and, briefly, Latin American influence in the U.S. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Written to accompany a television series and college telecourse to be broadcast on PBS this January, Americas is a fairly frantic jump from high spot to high spot through the history to date of Latin America and the Caribbean. Winn, a professor of history at Tufts and the academic director of the series, offers analyses of, among other subjects, the role of women, the influence of the Catholic church, the growing power of the evangelical and spiritualist sects, the three important Latin American revolutions (Mexico in the 1910s, Cuba in 1959, and Nicaragua in 1970), Argentina during the Peron era, and the changing role of indigenous people. The final effect of these essays is a remarkably readable overview of the similarities and differences among the 33 Latin American countries, including the United States and its Hispanic population. Recommended for all public and secondary school libraries and junior colleges.-- Nancy Padgett Lazar, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520245013
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/2006
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 715
  • Sales rank: 311,463
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Winn is Professor of Latin American history at Tufts University and a senior research associate at Columbia University's
Institute of Latin American and Iberian Studies. He was academic director of the PBS series "Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean," for which the first edition of this book was a companion volume.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1999 Edition
1 A View from the South 3
2 Legacies of Empire 33
3 The Perils of Progress 84
4 A Second Independence? 120
5 Capital Sins 155
6 Continent on the Move 200
7 Children of the Sun 234
8 A Question of Color 271
9 In Women's Hands 307
10 The Power and the Glory 346
11 The Magical and the Real 394
12 Endangered States 442
13 Making Revolution 492
14 North of the Border 550
Epilogue: Latin America and the Caribbean at 2000 601
Notes 609
Illustration Credits 621
Index 625
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