The Epic of Latin America, Fourth edition

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Uniquely comprehensive and comparative, praised for its devotion to social and cultural developments as well as politics and economics, The Epic of Latin America is once again revised and brought up to date, with chapters on the great upheavals of the 1980s. The book received the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California for outstanding literary achievement by a California author and was selected by the American Library Association as one of the "fifty best books of the ...

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Overview

Uniquely comprehensive and comparative, praised for its devotion to social and cultural developments as well as politics and economics, The Epic of Latin America is once again revised and brought up to date, with chapters on the great upheavals of the 1980s. The book received the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California for outstanding literary achievement by a California author and was selected by the American Library Association as one of the "fifty best books of the year."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520077232
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/1992
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 961
  • Sales rank: 1,387,081
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.13 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Crow is Professor Emeritus of Spanish at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of many books on Spain, Latin America, Italy, and Greece. Spain: The Root and the Flower, now in its third edition (California 1985), is a classic study of Spain's cultural history and people.

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Table of Contents

Preface to Fourth Edition
Prologue
1 The Mayas: "Greeks of the New World" 1
2 The Incas: Children of the Sun 22
3 The Toltec-Aztec Culture 45
4 The New World Meets the Old World's Cross and Sword 64
5 The Halls of Montezuma 71
6 Pizarro's Exploits in the "Empire of the Sun" 92
7 The Conquest of Chile 107
8 Colombia Yields to the "Knight of El Dorado" 116
9 Conquest of the River Plate 127
10 Brazil: Land of No Lure 136
11 Iberians and Indians 146
12 The Division of Lands and Labor 153
13 The Empire Consolidated 164
14 Trade Monopoly and Pirates 177
15 Flowering of the Missions 191
16 The Church as Inquisitor and Moral Censor 209
17 Gold and Silver in Foreign Coffers 216
18 The Brazilian Colossus Begins to Move Forward 225
19 Struggle over Possession of the Behemoth 240
20 After the Banner into the Sertao 249
21 The Feudal Pattern of Colonial Society 255
22 Life in the Colonial Towns 264
23 The Beginnings of Colonial Culture 283
24 Colonial Belles-Lettres 296
25 Architecture and the Fine Arts 308
26 Rebellion of the Beast Below 319
27 Chile Emerges behind the Araucanian Frontier 329
28 The Argentine Pampas: Cradle of a Great People 345
29 Brazilian Plantation Life Yields to the Lure of Gold 381
30 Abortive Rebellions in South America 398
31 Revolt of the Classes 414
32 Liberator of the North 428
33 Revolution in the South 453
34 Argentina Parts Company with Spain 463
35 San Martin: Protector of Peru 470
36 The Two Generals Meet at Guayaquil 480
37 The Cry from Dolores 494
38 Men of Destiny 508
39 Brazil Escapes the Chaos of Revolution 515
40 The Democratic Emperor of Brazil 531
41 Paraguay as a Symbol of Perpetual Despotism 558
42 The Spirit of Argentine Nationality 565
I The City: Rivadavia 565
II The Pampas: The Gaucho 568
43 Juan Manuel de Rosas: Tyrant of the Argentine 580
44 Sarmiento: Civilian President 599
45 The Paraguayan War 604
46 Venezuela and Colombia under Caudillo Rule 608
47 The Andean Republics 623
I Bolivia: A Sick People 623
II Ecuador: A Theocracy 626
III Peru: Society of Slave and Master 633
48 Chile: Democracy of the Oligarchy 640
49 Santa Anna Loses Half of Mexico 649
50 Benito Juarez: Indian President 660
51 Porfirio Diaz: Bread or the Club 667
52 Ariel and Caliban 675
53 The Twentieth Century: Deep Womb, Dark Flower 698
54 The Postwar Years 721
Mexico 721
Guatemala 750
El Salvador 757
Costa Rica 760
Nicaragua 763
Honduras 769
Panama 772
Cuba 777
Venezuela 792
Colombia 799
Ecuador 806
Peru 811
Bolivia 823
Chile 831
Argentina 841
Paraguay and Uruguay 855
Brazil 862
55 The Contemporary Scene 881
56 Inter-American Relations Today 901
References 921
Bibliographical Essay 930
Acknowledgments 933
Index 935
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    Excellent overview of a complex subject

    Well-written. Moves along like a novel. Author has an annoying tendency at times toward melodramatic prose. This is a large book. Don't tackle it unless you're prepared to spend the time it deserves. My biggest complaint is the lack of maps, incredible in book that covers so much time and geography. Had this book had a few more maps, I would have been able to award it 5 stars. But it's still well worth reading . . . as long as you have a good atlas at hand.

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