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Latin America since Independence

A History with Primary Sources

By Alexander Dawson

Routledge – 2010 – 338 pages

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Description

What is Latin America, after all? While histories of the "other" Americas often link disparate histories through revolutionary or tragic narratives, Latin America since Independence begins with the assumption that our efforts to imagine a common past for nearly thirty countries are deeply problematic. Without losing sight of chronology or regional trends, this text offers glimpses of the Latin American past through eleven carefully selected stories. Each chapter introduces students to a specific historical issue, which in turn raises questions about the history of the Americas as a whole. Key themes include:

  • race and citizenship
  • inequality and economic development
  • politics and rights
  • social and cultural movements
  • globalization
  • violence and civil society.

The short, thematic chapters are bolstered by the inclusion of relevant primary documents – many translated for the first time – including advertisements and posters, song lyrics, political speeches, government documents, and more. Each chapter also includes timelines highlighting important dates and suggestions for further reading. A highly interactive companion website contains the full text of excerpted documents, extra images and timelines, film clips, and student review materials. Richly informative and highly readable, Latin America since Independence provides compelling accounts of this region’s past and present.

For additional information and classroom resources please visit the Latin America since Independence companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/Dawson.

Reviews

"Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers." Choice

"Dawson offers a collection of eleven stories of Latin America's past rather than a 'general' history… All in all, this is a well-written book, highly provocative." - Manuel Llorca-Jana, Bulletin of Latin American Research

Contents

1. Independence Narratives, Past and Present

2. Caudillos versus the Nation State

3. Race and Citizenship in the New Republics

4. The Export Boom as Modernity

5. Signs of Crisis in a Gilded Age

6. Commerce, Coercion, and America’s Empire

7. Power to the People

8. A Decade of Revolution in Cuba

9. Peru in an Age of Terror

10. A Right to Have Rights in the New Democracies

11. Bolivia’s Left Turn

Epilogue

Author Bio

Alexander Dawson is Associate Professor of Latin American History at Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of First World Dreams: Mexico since 1989 and Indian and Nation in Revolutionary Mexico.

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Description: By Alexander Dawson. What is Latin America, after all? While histories of the "other" Americas often link disparate histories through revolutionary or tragic narratives, Latin America since Independence begins with the assumption that our efforts to imagine a...
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