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Problems in Modern Latin American History: Sources and Interpretations / Edition 4

Problems in Modern Latin American History: Sources and Interpretations / Edition 4

by James A. Wood


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Problems in Modern Latin American History: Sources and Interpretations / Edition 4

Now in its fourth edition, this leading reader has been updated to tighten the focus of each chapter on a major interpretive problem. This edition includes an entirely new chapter, “Historical Memory,” which allows readers to revisit the era of the Cold War from a contemporary perspective, and the chapters on nationalism and globalization have been thoroughly revised. 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. Each chapter in this new edition includes at least two primary sources. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442218604
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/16/2013
Series: Latin American Silhouettes Series
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 158,228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Chapter I: Independence
1. The Political Constitution of the Spanish Monarchy: CORTES OF CÁDIZ
2. War to the Death: SIMÓN BOLÍVAR
3. The Vision of Father Morelos: ENRIQUE KRAUSE
4. Declaration of Independence: CONGRESS OF TUCUMÁN
5. Independence and Slavery: GEORGE REID ANDREWS
6. What Independence Meant for Women, SARAH C. CHAMBERS
Chapter II: Slavery
1. The Beginnings of African American Culture: SIDNEY W. MINTZ AND RICHARD PRICE
2. Africans in the American World: JOHN THORNTON
3. A Cuban Slave’s Testimony: ESTEBAN MONTEJO
4. A Day on a Coffee Plantation: STANLEY J. STEIN
5. Abolitionism in Brazil: JOAQUIM NABUCO
Chapter III: Caudillos
1. Caudillos as Scourge: CHARLES E. CHAPMAN
2. Caudillos as Profit Maximizers: ERIC R. WOLF AND EDWARD C. HANSEN
3. Caudillos as Culture Heroes: ARIEL DE LA FUENTE
5. Protagonist on a National Stage: ANTONIO LÓPEZ DE SANTA ANNA
Chapter IV: Liberalism and the Catholic Church
1. A New Generation of Liberals: FRANK SAFFORD
2. Liberalism as Anticlericalism: HELEN DELPAR
3. The Postcolonial Church: JOHN LYNCH
4. Generational Warrior: FRANCISCO BILBAO
5. The Triumph of Reform: JUSTO SIERRA
Chapter V: Race and Nation Building
1. Neocolonial Ideologies: E. BRADFORD BURNS
2. Civilization versus Barbarism: DOMINGO FAUSTINO SARMIENTO
3. The Specter of Degeneration: MARTIN S. STABB
4. Brazilianization: ALUÍSIO AZEVEDO
5. A Raceless Nation: ADA FERRER
Chapter VI: Nationalism
1. Our America: JOSÉ MARTÍ
2. Education and the Mexican Revolution: OCTAVIO PAZ
3. Mestizo Pride: GILBERTO FREYRE
4. Plan for the Realization of Bolívar’s Supreme Dream: AUGUSTO SANDINO
5. The Shark and the Sardines: JUAN JOSÉ ARÉVALO
Chapter VII: Women and Social Change
1. Women and Education: FRANCESCA MILLER
2. Women’s Reform Issues in Late Nineteenth-Century Peru and Mexico: CAROLINA FREYRE DE JAIMES AND VIOLETAS DEL ANÁHUAC
3. The Lady of Hope and the Woman of the Black Myth: JULIE M. TAYLOR
4. Peronist Feminism in Argentina: EVA PERÓN
5. Women’s Reform Issues in Late Twentieth-Century Brazil: BENEDITA DA SILVA
Chapter VIII: Populism
1. The Peronist Political Vision: DANIEL JAMES
2. Declaration of Workers’ Rights: JUAN PERÓN
3. Doña María Remembers Perón: MARÍA ROLDÁN
4. Words as Weapons: HERBERT BRAUN
5. Father of the Poor? ROBERT M. LEVINE
Chapter IX: Social Revolution
1. Essence of Guerrilla Warfare: CHE GUEVARA
2. Cuba’s Revolutionary Literacy Campaign: JONATHAN KOZOL
3. Chile’s Revolution from Below: PETER WINN
4. The Chilean Road to Socialism: SALVADOR ALLENDE
5. Christianity and Revolution: MARGARET RANDALL
Chapter X: The Cold War
1. The Lesser of Two Evils: DAVID F. SCHMITZ
3. Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders: CHURCH COMMITTEE
4. The Beliefs behind the Policies: LARS SCHOULTZ
Chapter XI: The Global Economy
1. Neocolonial Economics: CELSO FURTADO
2. Reagan in Cancún, or the Third Conquest of Latin America: GREG GRANDIN
4. The New Left and the Global Economy: STEVEN LEVITSKY AND KENNETH M. ROBERTS
5. New Organizations of the Global Economy: BRIC SUMMIT
Chapter XII: Historical Memory
1. Memory, Truth, and Justice: ELIZABETH JELIN
2. Opening Chile’s Memory Box: STEVE J. STERN
3. Human Rights Violations Committed by Government Agents: CHILEAN NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
4. Testimony of Atrocity: RIGOBERTA MENCHÚ
5. Analysis of Rigoberta Menchú’s Testimonial: DAVID STOLL

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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

PRAISE FROM EARLIER EDITIONS 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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