Problems in Modern Latin American History: Sources and Interpretations, Completely Revised and Updated / Edition 1

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This is a completely revised and updated edition of SR Books' classic text, Problems in Modern Latin American History. This book has been brought up to date by Professors John Charles Chasteen and James A. Wood to reflect current scholarship and to maximize the book's utility as a teaching tool. The book is divided into 13 chapters, with each chapter dedicated to addressing a particular "problem" in modern Latin America-issues that complement most survey texts. Each chapter includes an interpretive essay that frames a clear central issue for students to tackle, along with excerpts from historical writing that advance alternative-or even conflicting-interpretations. In addition, each chapter contains primary documents for students to analyze in relation to the interpretive issues. This primary material includes passages of Latin American fiction in translation, biographical sketches, and images. Designed as a supplemental text for survey courses on Latin American history, this book's provocative "problems" approach will engage students, evoke lively classroom discussion, and promote critical thinking.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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 historiographical debates), its use of visual imagery, and the provocative discussion questions that accompany each chapter. A worthy successor to earlier editions.
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.
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842050616
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Latin American Silhouettes Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Charles Chasteen is Patterson Distinguished Term Professor (2005-2010) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. James A. Wood is assistant professor of history at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Chapter 1. The Legacies of Colonialism Chapter 2 1. The Racial Heritage of Colonialism Chapter 3 2. A Spiritual Economy Chapter 4 3. Becoming Legally White in Colonial Venezuela Chapter 5 4. A Bishop Reports on Social Conditions in Colonial Mexico Part 6 Chapter 2. Independence and Its Consequences Chapter 7 1. War to the Death Chapter 8 2. The Vision of Father Morelos Chapter 9 3. Argentina's Black Legions Chapter 10 4. The Brazilian Path to Independence Chapter 11 5. What Independence Meant for Women Part 12 Reading Images I: Illustrations of Nineteenth-Century Travelers Part 13 Chapter 3: Slave Culture Chapter 14 1. The Beginnings of African-American Culture Chapter 15 2. Rethinking Palmares Chapter 16 3. Africans in the American World Chapter 17 4. A Day on a Coffee Plantation Chapter 18 5. A Cuban Slave's Testimony Part 19 Reading Images II: Photographs of Brazilian Slaves Part 20 Chapter 4: Caudillos Chapter 21 1. Caudillos as Scourge Chapter 22 2. Caudillos as Profit Maximizers Chapter 23 3. Caudillos as Culture Heroes Chapter 24 4. The Lions of Payara Chapter 25 5. Ribbons and Rituals Chapter 26 6. Protagonist on a National Stage Part 27 Chapter 5: Liberalism and the Catholic Church Chapter 28 1. A New Generation of Liberals Chapter 29 2. Liberalism and Anti-Clericalism Chapter 30 3. The Post-Colonial Church Chapter 31 4. The Juárez Law and the Lerdo Law Chapter 32 5. Generational Warrior Part 33 Chapter 6: Race and Nation Building Chapter 34 1. The Specter of Degeneration Chapter 35 2. Civilization versus Barbarism Chapter 36 3. A Brazilian Tenement Chapter 37 4. A Mexican National Romance Chapter 38 5. A Raceless Nation Part 39 Chapter 7: Neocolonialism Chapter 40 1. Neocolonial Economics Chapter 41 2. Neocolonial Ideologies Chapter 42 3. A Paean to Progress Chapter 43 4. The Traveling Expert Chapter 44 5. Amazonian Exotica Chapter 45 6. The Athens of South America Chapter 46 7. Our Ugly Little Backyard Part 47 Reading Images III: U.S. Newspaper Cartoons U.S./ Latin American Relations Part 48 Chapter 8: Nationalism Chapter 49 1. Mestizo Pride Chapter 50 2. The Power of Indigenous Community Chapter 51 3. The Poetry of Anti-Imperialism Chapter 52 4. Economic Nationalism in Action Chapter 53 5. The Shark and the Sardines Chapter 54 6. 120 Million Children in the Eye of the Hurricane Part 55 Chapter 9: Women and Social Change Chapter 56 1. Women and Education in Latin America Chapter 57 2. Women's Reform Issues in Late Nineteenth-Century Peru and Mexico Chapter 58 3. The Lady of Hope and the Woman of the Black Myth Chapter 59 4. Peronist Feminism in Argentina Chapter 60 5. Women's Reform Issues in Late Twentieth-Century Brazil Part 61 Chapter 10: Populism and the Working Class Chapter 62 1. The Peronist Political Vision Chapter 63 2. Declaration of Worker's Rights Chapter 64 3. Many Getúlios Chapter 65 4. A Consummate Speech Writer Chapter 66 5. Populism and National Development Chapter 67 6. Words as Weapons Part 68 Chapter 11: Social Revolution Chapter 69 1. Essence of Guerrilla Warfare Chapter 70 2. Testimony of a Guatemalan Revolutionary Chapter 71 3. Christianity and Revolution Chapter 72 4. Chile's Revolution from Below Chapter 73 5. The Chilean Road to Socialism Part 74 Reading Images IV: Religion and Politics Part 75 Chapter 12: Latin America, the United States, and the Cold War Chapter 76 1. The Lesser of Two Evils Chapter 77 2. Statements of U.S. Foreign Policy Doctrine Chapter 78 3. Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders Chapter 79 4. Two Centuries Later Part 80 Chapter 13: Globalization Chapter 81 1. Towards a New Consciousness Chapter 82 2. What Photos Would You Take of the Endless City? Chapter 83 3. NAFTA and the U.S. Economy Chapter 84 4. First Declaration from the Lacandón Jungle Chapter 85 5. The Fiesta of the Word

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