Uniquely comprehensive and comparative, praised for its devotion to social and cultural developments as well as politics and economics, The Epic of Latin America is once again revised and brought up to date, with chapters on the great upheavals of the 1980s. The book received the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California for outstanding literary achievement by a California author and was selected by the American Library Association as one of the "fifty best books of the year."
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About the Author
John A. Crow is Professor Emeritus of Spanish at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of many books on Spain, Latin America, Italy, and Greece. Spain: The Root and the Flower, now in its third edition (California 1985), is a classic study of Spain's cultural history and people.
Table of ContentsPREFACE TO FOURTH EDITION PROLOGUE 1. The Mayas: "Greeks of the New World" 2. The Incas: Children of the Sun 3· The Toltec-Aztec Culture 4· The New World Meets the Old World's Cross and Sword 5· The Halls of Montezuma 6. Pizarro's Exploits in the "Empire of the Sun" 7· The Conquest of Chile 8. Colombia Yields to the "Knight of ElDorado" 9· Conquest of the River Plate 10. Brazil: Land of No Lure 11. Iberians and Indians 12. The Division of Lands and Labor 13. The Empire Consolidated 14. Trade Monopoly and Pirates 15. Flowering of the Missions 16. The Church as Inquisitor and Moral Censor 17. Gold and Silver in Foreign Coffers 18. The Brazilian Colossus Begins to Move Forward 19. Struggle over Possession of the Behemoth 20. After the Banner into the Sertao 21. The Feudal Pattern of Colonial Society 22. Life in the Colonial Towns 23. The Beginnings of Colonial Culture 24. Colonial Belles-Lettres 25. Architecture and the Fine Arts 26. Rebellion of the Beast Below 27. Chile Emerges behind the Araucanian Frontier 28. The Argentine Pampas: Cradle of a Great People 3 29. Brazilian Plantation Life Yields to the Lure of Gold 30. Abortive Rebellions in South America 31. Revolt of the Classes 32. Liberator of the North 33· Revolution in the South 34· Argentina Parts Company with Spain 35· San Martin: Protector of Peru 36. The Two Generals Meet at Guayaquil 37· The Cry from Dolores 38. Men of Destiny 39· Brazil Escapes the Chaos of Revolution 40. The Democratic Emperor of Brazil 41. Paraguay as a Symbol of Perpetual Despotism 42· The Spirit of Argentine Nationality I. THE CITY; RIVADAVIA II. THE PAMPAS; TilE GAUCHO 43· Juan Manuel de Rosas: Tyrant of the Argentine 44· Sarmiento: Civilian President 45· The Paraguayan War 46. Venezuela and Colombia under Caudillo Rule 47· The Andean Republics I. BOLMA: A SICK PEOPLE II. ECUADOR: A THEOCRACY III. PERU: SOCIETY OF SLAVE AND MASTER 48. Chile: Democracy of the Oligarchy 49· Santa Anna Loses Half of Mexico so. Benito Juarez: Indian President 51. Porfirio Diaz: Bread or the Club 52. Ariel and Caliban 53. The Twentieth Century: Deep Womb, Dark Flower 54. The Postwar Years MEXICO GUATEMALA EL SALVADOR COSTA RICA NICARAGUA HONDURAS PANAMA CUBA VENEZUELA COLOMBIA ECUADOR PERU BOLIVIA CHILE ARGENTINA PARAGUAY AND URUGUAY BRAZIL 55. The Contemporary Scene 56. Inter-American Relations Today REFERENCES BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INDEX
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Well-written. Moves along like a novel. Author has an annoying tendency at times toward melodramatic prose. This is a large book. Don't tackle it unless you're prepared to spend the time it deserves. My biggest complaint is the lack of maps, incredible in book that covers so much time and geography. Had this book had a few more maps, I would have been able to award it 5 stars. But it's still well worth reading . . . as long as you have a good atlas at hand.