The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean / Edition 2

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Now in a larger format and fully revised, with new maps and photographs, this new edition of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean remains the essential reference for anyone concerned with the region. Copiously illustrated, lucidly written, and comprehensive in its coverage, the Encyclopedia has been developed for the general reader by an international team of seventy scholars. Structured in six parts, it explores the regional trends and general trends that will provide nonspecialists with the necessary overview. The Encyclopedia examines both urgent contemporary issues such as economic and population growth, trade and international debt, tourism and the environment, and the longer term factors that have molded Latin America as we find it today: the native flora and fauna, the emergence of early civilizations in Mexico and Peru, imperial domination over three centuries by Spain and Portugal, the struggle for independence in the nineteenth century, and then the political turbulence of the twentieth. Coverage is provided of music and literature, architecture, painting, and intellectual life, for this is equally the region of the tango and the samba, Borges and Neruda, García Márquez and Diego Rivera, Villa Lobos and Bob Marley.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This work serves well to introduce readers to many aspects to Latin America, and is recommended for all libraries with an interest in that important region, in ethnic studies, and in related fields." Ann Hartness, American Reference Books Annuals

"Unquestionably the best single-volume introduction to Latin America....An extraordinary resource for students, casual readers, travelers, and even specialists. It is the first book on Latin America that every library should have." MultiCultural Review

"The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean is an impressive achievement. It is an admirably broad but detailed presentation of the region's evolution and current profile, an attractive and informative book of considerable value to the interested general reader." Times Literary Supplement

"Comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible, this one-volume encyclopedia should become the standard reference for a broad overview of the region." Library Journal

"It is, quite simply, full of all those things you always wanted to know about Latin America and the Caribbean but were afraid to ask." The Virginia Pilot and Ledger-Star

"The presentation is excellent, the photography & illustrations are good. On the whole, the book is well constructed." Walther L. Bernecker, Notas (original in Spanish)

"Mr. Brown leaves his reader with a clearer picture of the American Revolution and its theatre, as well as the desire to learn more about these subjects." Andrew D. Ryder, Theatre Studies

"It is packed with detail, yet readable; philosophically ample, yet focused; historically rooted, yet very contemporary." Russell W. Ramsey, Parameters

Library Journal
This is one of an ongoing series of one-volume encyclopedias on various regions of the world. Previous volumes have been devoted to China (1981), Africa ( LJ 5/1/82), and the Soviet Union (1982). The present volume is edited by three well-known Latin Americanists, with a contributing cast of largely British authors. There are sections on geography, the economy, the people, and politics; but the largest sections describe the region's history and culture. Smaller subsections focus on a wide range of topics, from the wars of Latin America to Latin American science and Caribbean music. Controversial subjects such as the Cuban revolution and the Falklands/Malvinas crisis receive balanced coverage. Suggestions for additional readings (some a bit dated) follow each subsection. Fifty-five maps, a glossary, more than 200 illustrations (some in color), and an excellent index make the volume a pleasure to use. It should prove a boon not only for high school and university students but for the general public as well. Highly recommended. Brian E. Coutts, Rice Univ. Lib., Houston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521413220
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Cambridge Reference Book Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

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