Colonial Latin America / Edition 7

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Colonial Latin America provides a concise study of the history of the Iberian colonies in the New World and their preconquest background to the wars of independence in the early nineteenth century. Now thoroughly updated in this seventh edition, Colonial Latin America is indispensable for students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the fascinating and often colorful history of the cultures, the people, and the struggles that have played a part in shaping Latin America.

Distinctive Features

* Provides a comprehensive and well-balanced account, covering all aspects of life--political, social, religious, economic, military, and cultural
* Offers an inclusive discussion of all groups and strata of society--including slaves and women--and a nuanced discussion of race, class, and gender
* Superbly written, making it readable for any audience
* Presents solid scholarship--this is the most current and authoritative book on the market

New to this Edition

* Reorganized coverage of the imperial crisis and Independence Era is spread out over three chapters and incorporates all of the major new scholarship in these areas
* New discussion of the Haitian revolution and its regional significance
* Expanded discussion of the African influence on early colonial development

"Textbook intended for college survey courses incorporates recent scholarship of much value for more advanced students. Uses standard political and economic approach enhanced by sharply focused sections on labor, the Church, and social life"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is the text for Colonial Latin American history by which all other texts are measured. The writing is excellent."--Stanley E. Blake, The Ohio State University at Lima

"Colonial Latin America offers students the proper balance between quantity of information and accessibility. This venerable text has been successful because it works."--Glenn A. Chambers, Texas A&M University

"It is encouraging to see the detail being given to the role of women, the African presence in Latin America, and the Native American experience in Colonial Latin America. It is the best text that I have seen that deals with these subjects. I also commend the ways in which the authors have interwoven the history of non-elites and racial and ethnic minorities so that the work reads as an inclusive history rather than a history of Europeans in Latin America with women, black, and natives seen as ancillary to the narrative."--Robert J. Ferry, University of Colorado-Boulder

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195386059
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/16/2009
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,306,957
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Burkholder is Professor of History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Lyman L. Johnson is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Table of Contents


Amerindian Civilization on the Eve of European Conquest The Iberian World in the Late Fifteenth Century Atlantic Africa in the Fifteenth Century First Encounters in the New World

The Conquest of Mexico The Conquest of Peru The Ebbtide of Conquest Black Participation in the Age of Conquest Conundrums and the Columbian Exchange

Imperial Organization and Administration The Colonial Church

Changes in the Colonial Population Indian Labor Slavery and the Slave Trade

The Mining and Sugar Industries International Trade and Taxation Defense The Colonial Economy

Evolution of Colonial Societies The Elites Urban and Rural Middle Groups The Broad Base of Colonial Society

Family: The Foundation of Colonial Society Women in Colonial Societies and Economies The Culture of Honor

Colonial Settings Daily Life in the Colonies The Cultural Milieu

The Spanish Colonies, 1680s to 1762
Brazil in the Age of Expansion New Spain, Peru, and the Reforms of Charles III The Emergence of the Periphery in Spanish America
10. CRISIS AND POLITICAL REVOLUTIONS An Era of War and Crisis for Spain and Portugal Governments of Resistance and Political Revolution, 1808-1812

Independence in Spanish America Portugal and Brazil in the Age of Revolution Cuba: "The Ever Faithful Isle"
Spain After the Loss of Mainland America


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