Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America

Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America

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by John Charles Chasteen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393050483

ISBN-13: 9780393050486

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

This amazing, concise history of Latin America will delight any reader. Fully informed by the latest scholarship, this cleverly written survey spans six centuries and covers twenty countries. John Charles Chasteen presents a compelling narrative of the Latin American experience, animated by stories about men and women from all walks of life, and enriched by insightful

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This amazing, concise history of Latin America will delight any reader. Fully informed by the latest scholarship, this cleverly written survey spans six centuries and covers twenty countries. John Charles Chasteen presents a compelling narrative of the Latin American experience, animated by stories about men and women from all walks of life, and enriched by insightful analysis. The famous and not so famous characters of Latin America are here: Cortes, Malinche, Moctezuma, Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz, Bolivar, Father Manuel Hidalgo, Juan and Eva Peron, and, of course, Che Guevara. This is a story of despair and hope, the processes of conquest and colonization, race mixing and class construction, revolution and republic formation, and the elusive quests for sustained economic growth and political and social equality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393050486
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps9
Time Line10
Acknowledgment12
1.First Stop, the Present15
Countercurrents: A Statistical Portrait25
2.Encounter29
Countercurrents: Friar Bartolome de las Casas58
3.Colonial Crucible63
Countercurrents: Colonial Rebellions88
4.Independence93
Countercurrents: The Gaze of Outsiders114
5.Postcolonial Blues119
Countercurrents: The Power of Outsiders144
6.Progress149
Countercurrents: More International Wars175
7.Neocolonialism179
Countercurrents: New Immigration to Latin America207
8.Nationalism213
Countercurrents: Populist Leaders of the Twentieth Century240
9.Revolution245
Countercurrents: Liberation Theology270

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Born in Blood and Fire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The legacy of colonial and Spanish rule is a legacy of serfdom verses elitism. The stories of Cuba and the communist rebellions were totally understandable when appreciated in light of the historical context that this book presents. The history of Brazil, how it was once the seat of the Portuguese royal family, and the various nations on the southern tip of South America that have struggled with development offered a fascinating glimpse at a rarely talked about region of the world. The Cold War and the effects of globalization after de-colonization in Latin America was also fascinating. The analysis of the class structures, and how they have continued in different forms from government to government was detailed and convincing. Also I found the stories of the heroes and heroines of the attempted revolutions penetrating. Mostly I got a sense for the dramatic story that these many diverse and connected peoples have experienced.