Problems in Modern Latin American History: Sources and Interpretations / Edition 3

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"Now in its third edition, this leading reader has been updated to make it even more relevant to the study of contemporary Latin America. This edition includes an entirely new chapter, "The New Left Turn," and the globalization chapter has been thoroughly revised to reflect the rapid pace of change over the past five years. The book continues to offer a rich variety of materials that can be tailored to the needs of individual instructors." The reader's unique and successful chapter organization provides a thematic complement to narrative accounts of modern Latin American history. By focusing each chapter on a single concept or interpretive "problem" - such as nationalism, women's rights, or social revolution - the text engages students in the analysis of historical sources and, at the same time, introduces them to the twists and turns of historiography. In addition, the book includes several "reading images" sections that call on students to evaluate visual materials. With its innovative combination of primary and secondary sources and editorial analysis, this text is designed specifically to stimulate critical thinking in a wide range of courses on Latin American history since independence.
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Editorial Reviews

'scar Chamosa
No other reader presents two hundred years of Latin American thought and action in such convenient format. The text selection allows students to gain access to a variety of voices, ranging from the most influential political leaders to fiction writers, historians, and, crucially, people from the margins. Latin American reality evolves so quickly that this five-year update of Problems in Modern Latin America is both amply justified and warmly welcomed.
Hispanic Outlook
Chasteen and Wood's superb edited work is a welcome addition to resource materials on Latin American history. The careful mixture of primary and secondary documents helps students to understand key issues as well as the evolution of historical analysis. Interesting and provocative units lend themselves to short reaction papers based on central themes and concepts.
Oscar Chamosa
No other reader presents two hundred years of Latin American thought and action in such convenient format. The text selection allows students to gain access to a variety of voices, ranging from the most influential political leaders to fiction writers, historians, and, crucially, people from the margins. Latin American reality evolves so quickly that this five-year update of Problems in Modern Latin America is both amply justified and warmly welcomed.
Lawrence A. Clayton
A classic supplement to our basic introductions to Latin American history now updated with fresh materials, some original documents, and some interpretations. This text is a nice mix for students' first exposure to Latin America. Crafted with skill and experience to optimize the use of the "problems" approach for students, this new edition easily continues to be an indispensable tool for teachers and a wonderful source of insight for students.
Roderic Ai Camp
John Chasteen and James A. Wood provide a broad selection of classic essays focused on numerous significant issues that any instructor would want to address in Latin American history. Their coverage also includes such timely contemporary issues as women and social change and globalization. The strength of this collection lies in a combination of insightful interpretations by leading academics and intellectuals North and South as well as in the moving voices of Latin American actors themselves.
Donald F. Stevens
Problems in Modern Latin American History is an exciting collection of primary and secondary texts and images. The thirteen thematic headings offer multiple perspectives on a wide range of controversies in modern history. This volume not only covers a lot of ground and a long period of time but it also provides a critique of historiography by including earlier summaries as well as recent perspectives.
Gil Joseph
At last a 'problems' book that is utterly readable and as attentive to race and culture as to political and economic issues! Students will appreciate the volume's sensible mix of documents and secondary literature (including a series of lively historiographic debates), its use of visual imagery, and the provocative discussion questions that accompany each chapter. A worthy successor to earlier editions.
Richard W. Slatta
Problems in Modern Latin America provides a delightfully diverse collection of primary sources mixed with scholarly analyses. This potent combination offers an ideal means of instructing students in historical interpretation and historiographical criticism. James Wood helps instructors and their students focus on vital selected problems, thus avoiding the usual pedestrian compilation of factoids. Students can explore a range of often-conflicting views of important problems and gain experience in constructing and critiquing historical interpretations, not regurgitating minutiae. My students have responded with high-level critical thinking, because the readings challenge rather than bore. I've used the book since the first edition with excellent results in both classroom and online courses.
James Woodard
For twenty years, Problems in Modern Latin American History has been of inestimable value to undergraduates and their instructors. James A. Wood has made the new edition fully his own, incorporating new areas of interest into the volume’s wide-ranging thematic coverage and updating the text for a new generation of students. Among the notable results is that Problems, entering its third decade, remains as vital a resource as it was at the dawn of its first.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742556454
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/16/2009
  • Series: Latin American Silhouettes Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 764,029
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Wood is associate professor of Latin American history at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro.

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Table of Contents

Independence and Its Consequences

Slavery and Culture


Liberalism and the Catholic Church

Race and Nation Building



Women and Social Change

Populism and the Working Class

Social Revolution

Latin America, the United States, and the Cold War


The New Left Turn

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