Modern Latin America / Edition 7

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Now thoroughly updated in its seventh edition, Modern Latin America is a lively interpretive history and the leading text in the field. Featuring vivid anecdotal illustrative boxes, the book uses case studies to discuss the major countries and themes of the region over the past 150 years.

Modern Latin America, Seventh Edition, will continue to be an exceptional text for undergraduate courses on contemporary Latin American history, society, and politics.

New to this Edition

· Four entirely new chapters:
o The central Andes, including Peru and--for the first time--Bolivia and Ecuador (chapter 6)
o Venezuela (chapter 8)
o Strategies for economic development (chapter 12)
o Culture and society (chapter 14)

· Two additional new chapters created by recombining previous ones:
o The Greater Caribbean and Central America (chapter 4)
o Political transitions in comparative perspective (chapter 13)


· Companion Website (
oFor students and general readers: a timeline of key events, analyses of major news developments, lists of heads of state, questions for review, suggestions for further reading, and guides to primary sources o For instructors: an essay on pedagogical challenges in teaching Latin America, sample syllabi, and a guide to instructional videos and films

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The most concise, up-to-date, academically sound overview on the region. A must for faculty and students studying
Latin America."--Jose Morales, New Jersey City University

"A classic in Latin American history and politics. . . . comprehensive, informative, well written, and pitched at the right level for an undergraduate text or as background material for a graduate class. The overall structure of the book-general history, followed by case studies, followed by a return to broader comparisons-makes sense."--Chapell Lawson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Discussions of political structures are detailed and persuasive, and students get a clear picture of the place of Latin American nations in the global economy."--Jurgen Buchenuau, Hispanic American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195375701
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/25/2009
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 305,416
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas E. Skidmore is Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. He is the author of Brazil: Five Centuries of Change (OUP 1999), Politics in Brazil 1930-1964 (OUP 2007), The Politics of Military Rule in Brazil (OUP 1990), and Black into White (Duke University Press 1993).Peter H. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Simon Bolivar Professor of Latin American Studes at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Democracy in Latin America (OUP 2005) and Talons of the Eagle, 3e (OUP 2008).James N. Green is Associate Professor of History and Brazilian Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-century Brazil (University of Chicago 1999).

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Table of Contents


1. Why Latin America?
2. The Colonial Foundations


3. Mexico: The Taming of a Revolution
4. Central America and the Caribbean: Within the U.S. Orbit
5. Cuba: Key Colony, Socialist State
6. The Andes: Soldiers, Indians, and Oligarchs
7. Colombia: Civility and Violence
8. Venezuela: The Perils of Prosperity
9. Argentina: Progress and Stalemate
10. Chile: Repression and Democracy
11. Brazil: The Awakening Giant


12. Strategies for Economic Development
13. Dynamics of Political Transformation
14. Culture and Society



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