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What if Latin America Ruled the World?: How the South Will Take the North Through the 21st Century
     

What if Latin America Ruled the World?: How the South Will Take the North Through the 21st Century

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by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
 

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For too many of us, Latin America exists "below the fold," an echo
barely heard beyond the roar of U.S. economics, politics, and culture;
the source of little more than dance steps, mesmerizing soccer, spicy
food, and questionable politics.


But Latin America has been a vital part of the global community since
the seventeenth century,

Overview

For too many of us, Latin America exists "below the fold," an echo
barely heard beyond the roar of U.S. economics, politics, and culture;
the source of little more than dance steps, mesmerizing soccer, spicy
food, and questionable politics.


But Latin America has been a vital part of the global community since
the seventeenth century, when the Spanish silver peso became the
world's first global currency instrument. Today it is home to six
hundred million people and some of the fastest-growing economies on the
planet. Latin America may not outshine or outspend the United States on
the world stage anytime soon, but its voices will be heard. Its
consumers, resources, and emigrants are already affecting us; they will
be even bigger factors in our future.


What if Latin America Ruled the World? deftly braids together
the histories of North and South America from the exploits of Hernán
Cortés to the political showmanship of Hugo Chávezand Evo Morales.
Scholar Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is an ideal guide for a searching
portrait of the Latin America that we rarely hear about.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Shifter
…as broad in its historic sweep as Galeano's classic [Open Veins of Latin America]…
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
As the Great Recession rolled across the globe in 2008, the economies of Latin America proved unexpectedly resilient--a happy occurrence that legal scholar Guardiola-Rivera credits to the majority of Latin American societies veering away from the neoliberal paradigm and the shadow of the empire to the north. Guardiola-Rivera puts this remarkable trend among Latin American countries--a category into which the U.S. is destined for inclusion, with its projected Latino majority by 2040--into the historical context of enduring pre-Columbian values and popular resistance to imperialism among the dispossessed of North and South America (indigenous peoples and African slaves disproportionately among them).The nuanced narrative, while sometimes too theoretically subtle, links broad and localized struggles to current issues of global justice. Such key episodes as the Spanish conquest of Incan society, the multiethnic alliances of slave revolts in England's North American colonies, and the worker-farmer alliances in Bolivia's recent water wars highlight the ongoing clash of human and social values that attend globalization in the Americas. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews

An expert in the region makes the case for the rise of Latin America.

"We are gold-eaters," said Hernán Cortés to Moctezuma's priests. It turned out that the conquistadores and their imperial successors were eaters ofallLatin America's riches, including silver, fruit, rubber, cacao, copper, sugar, lumber, oil and more. In the best passages, Guardiola-Rivera (International Law and International Affairs, Birkbeck College, Univ. of London;Being Against the World: Rebellion and Constitution, 2008) captures the greed of the conquerors, how their lust for gold stimulated world capitalism at its inception and how their drive for power choked off the enslaved Amerindians' dream of a life centered on the collective welfare. That dream, he argues, is set for revival. With America's political identity transformed as it becomes primarily Latino by 2040, with formerly subjugated nations emerging from the nightmare of colonial exploitation and countries like Brazil taking its place on the world stage and with the challenge of climate change and the global financial meltdown forcing reconsideration of political, social and economic models, the world will look to Latin America for instruction. The continent's cultural lessons emerge from a tradition of rich social relations, environmental sensitivity, legal racial equality, antimilitarism and common access to and ownership of life's essentials. Relying on archival documents and his own travels and interviews with government ministers, journalists and activists, Guardiola-Rivera assembles a richly allusive, if idiosyncratic history of the European conquest and the continent's subsequent struggle against dependency. He easily mixes history's familiars—e.g., Atahualpa, Columbus, Balboa, Bolívar, Murrieta, Guevara—with tales of lesser knowns like the adventurer William Walker and the entrepreneur Charles Flint, who fomented and profited from private wars against sovereign nations. The author manages far less successfully to persuade us that Latin America will assume such a prominent global leadership role. In a narrative marred by professor-speak, wordiness, leftist cliché and assertions masquerading as argument, the effect is ultimately wearying rather than convincing.

Grist for a graduate seminar, but a slow grind for everyone else.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608193561
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/04/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera teaches
international law and international affairs at Birkbeck College,
University of London. He has served as an aide to the Colombian Congress
and as a consultant to the United Nations in South America. He has
lectured in law, philosphy, and politics on three continents.
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera teaches international law and international affairs at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has served as an aide to the Colombian Congress and as a consultant to the United Nations in South America. He has lectured in law, philosophy and politics on three continents, and is the author of What if Latin America Ruled the World?: How the South Will Take the North into the 22nd Century.

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sunsetrider More than 1 year ago
I have lived and worked in Central and South America. Quite believable. We in the US have a tendency to ignor our family in the south, and I think most readers would be surprised at the contents. Not to be scoffed at.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago