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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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a well written, comprehensive and thorough comparative historical analysis of Modern Latin America presenting clear and effective analytical models with balanced national and regional case studies. A sound pedagogical design which will effectively engage students in discussion and prompt further investigation. A valuable contribution to any classroom." -Roger Davis, University of Nebraska-Kearney

"This is the industry standard for Latin American Politics...the broad coverage that does not sacrifice depth to achieve it provides an excellent resource. Furthermore, the chapters on trends in the region help students make sense of a diverse set of countries with distinct experiences and different needs." - Michael Touchton, Boise State University

"A thorough economic and political history of Latin America that pays very good attention to regions often marginalized, namely the Caribbean and Central America." -Ruth Percy, University of Southern Mississippi

"Modern Latin America has long been the gold standard in the field. Now, with enhanced country coverage ranging from Bolivia to Venezuela, it is as valuable as ever, inside and outside of the classroom...Modern Latin America covers the contemporary (1930-present) history of the various Latin American countries...better than any other textbook on the market." -James Woodard, Montclair State University

"I like the current edition. It is well organized and provides a comprehensive introduction to the region. In my opinion, it is one of the best survey texts available." -Felix Masud-Piloto, DePaul University

"This is the industry standard for Latin American politics. The chapters on trends in the region help students make sense of a diverse set of countries with distinct experiences and different needs."—Michael Touchton, Boise State University

"Modern Latin America has long been the gold standard in the field. Now, with enhanced country coverage ranging from Bolivia to Venezuela, it is as valuable as ever, inside and outside of the classroom."—James Woodard, Montclair State University

"This edition contains incisive commentary, clear discussions of the theoretical frameworks employed, and in-depth analysis of countries (or subregions) that is unparalleled in other texts."—Elena Jackson Albarrán, Miami 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."—Chappell Lawson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195170139
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas E. Skidmore is Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. He is the author of Brazil, Second Edition (OUP, 2009), Politics in Brazil, 1930-1964 (OUP, 2007), and The Politics of Military Rule in Brazil (OUP, 1990).

Peter H. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Simón Bolívar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Talons of the Eagle, Fourth Edition, (OUP, 2012) and Democracy in Latin America, Second Edition (OUP, 2011).

James N. Green is Professor of History and Brazilian Studies at Brown University. He is the author of We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States (2010) and Beyond Carnival (1999).

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Table of Contents

Prologue : why Latin America? 1
1 The colonial foundations, 1492-1880s 13
2 The transformation of modern Latin America, 1880s-2000s 42
3 Argentina : prosperity, deadlock, and change 69
4 Chile : socialism, repression, and democracy 109
5 Brazil : development for whom? 139
6 Peru : soldiers, oligarchs, and Indians 181
7 Colombia : discord, civility, and violence 221
8 Mexico : the taming of a revolution 254
9 Cuba : late colony, first socialist state 296
10 The Caribbean : colonies and mini-states 328
11 Central America : colonialism, dictatorship, and revolution 356
12 Latin America, the United States, and the world 396
Epilogue : what future for Latin America? 440
Heads of state 471
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    A Great Overview, but with Limitations

    Modern Latin America, Sixth Edition was the primary text used in my 3000-level Latin American history course. Its chapters include: The Colonial Foundations (1492-1880s) The Transformation of Modern Latin America (1880s-2000s) Argentina Chile Brazil Peru Colombia Mexico Cuba The Caribbean (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico) Central America: Colonialism, Dictatorship, and Revolution Latin America, United States, and the World What Future for Latin America? There's also a nice appendix of leaders and recommended additional reading. Overall, all prospective readers must know that Skidmore is a subscriber to dependency theory. In essence, dependency theory classifies countries as either in the economic 'core' or 'periphery' in the world. Countries like Japan, China, U.S.A., and Germany would be considered in the core. Everyone else, especially most of Latin America, would be in the periphery. Thus, according to dependency theory, one of the primary sources of Latin America's economic woe is its inability to control its own economic destiny due to being in the periphery. Many problems have surfaced in regard to this stance, but you should know that this ideology is what Skidmore bases himself in. As such, I find much of the analysis to be painfully lacking. This is an overview book with heavy reliance on facts alone and chronological progression. Causal analysis and historiographical considerations are quite sparse. Additionally, Skidmore does not use footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical referencing to back-up any of his writing with evidence. Once again, this is consistent with an 'overview' book lacking in real argumentation. Nevertheless, those limitations aside, this is a very good general introduction to Latin American history which focuses on political and economic progression in many Latin American nations. There is brief mention of culture in most chapters, but an accompanying book such as Peter Winn's 'Americas' is most likely necessary to satisfy a more socially-based historical education. I recommend this book not as a finish line for Latin American study, but as a window to the Latin American world.

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