A History of Latin America to 1825 / Edition 3

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The updated and enhanced third edition of A History of Latin America to 1825 presents a comprehensive narrative survey of Latin American history from the region's first human presence until the majority of Iberian colonies in America emerged as sovereign states c. 1825.

  • This edition features new content on the history of women, gender, Africans in the Iberian colonies, and pre-Columbian peoples
  • Includes more illustrations to aid learning: over 50 figures and photographs, several accompanied by short essays
  • Concentrates on the colonial period and earlier, expanding coverage of the period and incorporating more social and cultural history with the political narrative
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What People Are Saying

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"For its graceful prose, thoroughness, erudition, and meticulously balanced interpretations, Peter Bakewell and Jacqueline Holler's A History of Latin America to 1825 conquers the summit in the field of Latin American history textbooks. This is a masterpiece of historical synthesis."
Robert H. Holden, Old Dominion University

"This readable and accessible text offers a thorough introduction to colonial and independence-era Latin America. Students will appreciate the volume's clear explanation of important terms and concepts and the use of specific events and figures to bring ideas to life. Professors will welcome Bakewell's judicious weaving of historical debates and competing interpretations into the analysis in a way that should connect the volume to supplementary readings. Photographic essays explaining Latin America's spaces and material culture are a welcome addition drawing attention to the importance of geography and material culture."
Jordana Dym, Skidmore College

"A History of Latin America to 1825 offers the most comprehensive treatment in any language of the history of early Latin America. In this book Peter Bakewell does more than inform his readers of the richly complex history of colonial Spanish American and Brazil, he also explains – with constant verve and remarkable intellectual clarity –why things happened the way they did."
Robert Ferry, University of Colorado, Boulder

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405183680
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Series: Blackwell History of the World Series, #8
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 1,517,128
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Bakewell is Edmund and Louise Kahn Professor of History at Southern Methodist University and has taught in the US since 1975. His major research and writing has centered on the history of silver mining and related topics in colonial Spanish America. His previous works include Silver Mining and Society in Colonial Mexico: Zacatecas, 1546–1700 (1971) and Silver and Entrepreneurship in Seventeenth-Century Potosí: The Life and Times of Antonio López de Quiroga (1988).

Jacqueline Holler is Associate Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, Canada. She is the author of Escogidas Plantas: Nuns and Beatas in Mexico City, 1531–1601 (2003), and of articles on colonial Mexico.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

List of Maps.

List of Photo Essays.

Series Editor’s Preface.

Preface to the Third Edition.

Conventions Used in the Text.


Part I: Bases:

1. Lands and Climates.

2. American Peoples.

Ancient Peoples.

Formative Peoples.

Classic Peoples.

Aztecs and Incas.

Less Known Cultures.

3. Iberia and Africa.

Part II: Approaches:

4. Columbus and Others.

5. Experiment in the Caribbean.

6. Military Conquest.

Part III: Domination:

7. Administration: The Power of Paper.

8. Church: Friars, Bishops, and the State.

9. Society: Old Orders Changed.

10. Economy: Ships and Silver.

Photo Essay.

Part IV: Mature Colonies:

11. The Seventeenth Century: A Slacker Grip.

Challenges to Spain.

Production, Taxes, and Trade in America.

Indians in the Heartlands: Making their own Space.

Indians on the Peripheries.



Arts, Formal and Popular.

Varieties of Mestizaje.

12. Eighteenth-Century Spanish America: Reformed or Deformed?

People, Production, and Commerce.

Bourbon Revisions of Rules and Principles.

Society: Change, and Protest.

Creole Self-Awareness: Rejection and Reception of Europe.

The Eighteenth-Century Balance.

Part V Portugal in America.

13. Colonial Brazil: Slaves, Sugar, and Gold.

Explorers, Interlopers, and Settlers.

Indians and Jesuits.


People and Government.

Outsiders: The Dutch, and Others, in Brazil.

Movement Inland: Slavers, Prospectors, and Stockmen.

Seventeenth-Century Society.

The Indians and Father Vieira.

Government and Economy in the Seventeenth Century.

The Age of Gold.

Pombal and Reform.

Products of Mind and Sensibility.

Part VI: Independence and Beyond:

14 Independence.

15 Epilogue.





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