Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin Americaby John Charles Chasteen
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 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.
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Table of Contents
|List of Maps||9|
|1.||First Stop, the Present||15|
|Countercurrents: A Statistical Portrait||25|
|Countercurrents: Friar Bartolome de las Casas||58|
|Countercurrents: Colonial Rebellions||88|
|Countercurrents: The Gaze of Outsiders||114|
|Countercurrents: The Power of Outsiders||144|
|Countercurrents: More International Wars||175|
|Countercurrents: New Immigration to Latin America||207|
|Countercurrents: Populist Leaders of the Twentieth Century||240|
|Countercurrents: Liberation Theology||270|
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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.