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Now in its sixth edition, Modern Latin America is a lively interpretive history and the leading text in the field. Thoroughly updated and revised, the book includes a new chapter on the history of Colombia from the wars of independence to the violent conflicts of the present day. It also examines such topics as:

• the impact of 9/11 on U.S.-Latin American relations

• globalization

• drug trafficking

• women's roles in society and politics

• the fragility and uncertainty of democracy in Latin America

The book features sociocultural sections and boxes in nearly every chapter, covering such diverse areas as the psychology of exile, Santería in Cuba, baseball in the Dominican Republic, and the popularity of Latin music in the U.S. All political and economic information has been updated. As in earlier editions, the authors use an in-depth case study approach that guides readers through the major countries of Latin America, highlighting central themes including European-New World interaction, racial mixtures, military takeovers, and United States intervention in the area. With an insightful look into the future, Modern Latin America, Sixth 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

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"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

"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."--J:urgen Buchenau, Hispanic American Historical Review

"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

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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 Modern Latin American History at Brown University. His previous books include Politics in Brazil, 1930-1964 and Politics of Military Rule in Brazil, 1964-1985, both published by Oxford; he was also an editor of The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Latin America.

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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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