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This text describes the living, evolving cultural experience of Latin America. The authors place key elements to understanding both the region's history and its present, people, places, politics, economics, and cultures, into historical perspective.
This book provides an appreciation of the living, evolving cultural experience of Latin America. Identifying elements that are central to understanding both the region's history and its present existence, the authors place five themes--people, places, politics, economics, and cultures--in historical perspective.
1. The Indigenous and Colonial Legacies Latin America's Geographic Setting The Indigenous Legacies The European Era, 1492-1703 2. Politics Enlightened and Independent States, to ca. 1850 Liberal Regimes and Revolutionary Eras, ca. 1850-1929 Heyday of the Nation-State, 1930 to the 1980s Democratization and Local Regimes, 1980 to the Present 3. Traditional Economies Brazil's Economy in the Nineteenth Century The Spanish-American Economy in the Nineteenth Century Technology and the Export Economy Mobilizing Capital Prosperity and Its Strains Reevaluating the Export Economy 4. Modern Economies Import Substitution—The First Stage, 1930-1955 Import Substitution—The Later State, 1955-1970 The Populist Temptation Debt Crisis in the 1980s The Petrobust Illegal Economies Neoliberalism Tourism A New Shot of Tequila Explaining Economic Dissapointment The Argentine Collapse of 2000-2001 5. Peoples The Family at Midcentury The Search for Cosmopolitan Society New Views of Immigration The Middle Class The Workers The Professional Military Modernizing Womanhood The Woman's Suffrage Movement 6. Religions The Church and Independent States Competition with Capitalism: Marxism and Revolution, 1891-1962 The Splintering of the Church, 1962 to the Present 7. Cultures The Patriotic-Liberal Era (1820-1870) The Belle Epoque (1870-1920) World War Society (1920-1960) Contemporary Society (1961 to the Present) 8. Cities Twentieth-Century Cities Poverty and Modernization 9. Environments Environmental Visions at Independence Nature as Raw Material Development Versus Environmentalism The Environmental Impact of Mass Tourism 10. Latin America in the Global Context Historical Roots Diverging Interests Expansion and Contraction Fantasy and Neglect The Making of the American Mediterranean On the Back of the Jaguar Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua Good Neighbors? World War II and the Postwar Period Economics Over Politics: The Enterprise for the American Initiative The Inter-American Drug War The Inter-Americanization of the United States