Latin America since independence : a history with primary sources / Alexander Dawson.

By: Dawson, Alexander S. (Alexander Scott), 1967-Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Edition: 2nd editionDescription: xvi, 419 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780415854368 (hardback); 0415854369 (hardback); 9780415854375 (paperback); 0415854377 (paperback)Subject(s): Latin America -- History -- 1830- -- Textbooks | Latin America -- History -- 1830- -- SourcesDDC classification: 980.03 LOC classification: F1413 | .D39 2015Other classification: HIS024000 | HIS037030 | HIS000000
Contents:
Introduction: Latin America's Useable Past -- Independence Narratives, Past and Present -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: Political Divisions -- Caudillos versus the Nation State -- Document -- Race and Citizenship in the New Republics -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: People -- The Export Boom as Modernity -- Document -- Signs of Crisis in a Gilded Age -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: Economy -- Commerce, Coercion, and America's Empire -- Documents -- Power to the People -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: Urbanization -- A Decade of Revolution in Cuba -- Documents -- The Terror -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: Environment -- Speaking Truth to Power -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: Technology -- Towards an Uncertain Future -- Documents -- Epilogue -- Glossary.
Scope and content: "Latin America since Independence offers an innovative and accessible approach to Latin American history. Short, thematic chapters, including relevant primary documents, introduce students to historical issues in comparative context across the region. A highly interactive companion website supports the book with extensive resources for instructors and students. This thoroughly updated edition, brings the story up to the present, with revised chapters, additional new primary sources, and expanded historiography"-- Provided by publisher.Scope and content: "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 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. Richly informative and highly readable, Latin America since Independence provides compelling accounts of this region's past and present. This second edition brings the story up to the present, with revised chapters, new primary documents and images, and a new 'At A Glance' feature that uses a selection of maps and tables to illuminate key issues like the economy, the environment, and demographics.For additional information and classroom resources please visit the Latin America since Independence companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/dawson"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: Latin America's Useable Past -- Independence Narratives, Past and Present -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: Political Divisions -- Caudillos versus the Nation State -- Document -- Race and Citizenship in the New Republics -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: People -- The Export Boom as Modernity -- Document -- Signs of Crisis in a Gilded Age -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: Economy -- Commerce, Coercion, and America's Empire -- Documents -- Power to the People -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: Urbanization -- A Decade of Revolution in Cuba -- Documents -- The Terror -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: Environment -- Speaking Truth to Power -- Documents -- AT A GLANCE: Technology -- Towards an Uncertain Future -- Documents -- Epilogue -- Glossary.

"Latin America since Independence offers an innovative and accessible approach to Latin American history. Short, thematic chapters, including relevant primary documents, introduce students to historical issues in comparative context across the region. A highly interactive companion website supports the book with extensive resources for instructors and students. This thoroughly updated edition, brings the story up to the present, with revised chapters, additional new primary sources, and expanded historiography"-- Provided by publisher.

"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 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. Richly informative and highly readable, Latin America since Independence provides compelling accounts of this region's past and present. This second edition brings the story up to the present, with revised chapters, new primary documents and images, and a new 'At A Glance' feature that uses a selection of maps and tables to illuminate key issues like the economy, the environment, and demographics.For additional information and classroom resources please visit the Latin America since Independence companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/dawson"-- Provided by publisher.

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CHOICE Review

This volume approaches the complexities of the Latin American past through what Dawson (Simon Fraser Univ., British Columbia) terms a fragmentary intellectual framework, presenting 11 narratives both considered important by historians of the region and illustrative of the difficulties of precise definition. The introductory essay, "Latin America's Useable Past," provides a thoughtful analysis of some of the major problems related to the concept of "Latin America" and the parallel editions of each nation's construction of its past. Recent, more general 21st-century approaches to postindependence histories either take individual nations as subjects or take topics that crosscut more than one nation (e.g., foreign policies, authoritarianism, economics, or gender). The use of primary materials from these nations (ranging from well-known speeches and cultural manifestos to less accessible films, radio broadcasts, and personal memoirs) forces the reader to acknowledge the role of interpretation in the assembling of individual national narrative identities. Countries represented are Cuba, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Argentina, with a chronology ranging from the days of Bolivar to contemporary debates over cultural autonomy. A companion Web site features additional resources for instructors and students (student resources include key terms, a video, online resources, additional documents, and chapter study guides). This is a challenging read for readers in all social sciences, but badly overpriced in the hardcover edition. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers. R. B. M. Ridinger Northern Illinois University

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Alexander Dawson is 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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