Modern Latin America

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - History - 512 pages
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Now in its sixth edition, Modern Latin America is a lively interpretive history and the leading text in the field. Thoroughly updated and revised, the book includes a new chapter on the history of Colombia from the wars of independence to the violent conflicts of the present day. It also examines such topics as:* the impact of 9/11 on U.S.-Latin American relations* globalization* drug trafficking* women's roles in society and politics* the fragility and uncertainty of democracy in Latin AmericaThe book features sociocultural sections and boxes in nearly every chapter, covering such diverse areas as the psychology of exile, Santeria in Cuba, baseball in the Dominican Republic, and the popularity of Latin music in the U.S. All political and economic information has been updated. As in earlier editions, the authors use an in-depth case study approach that guides readers through the major countries of Latin America, highlighting central themes including European-New World interaction, racial mixtures, military takeovers, and United States intervention in the area. With an insightful look into the future, Modern Latin America, Sixth Edition, will continue to be an exceptional text for undergraduate courses on contemporary Latin American history, society, and politics.

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This textbook throughly explains the history background and situation, but because of the detail explanation, it is sometimes difficult to see the big summary and lose yourself in the middle of TMI.
( Cannot see the forest because of the trees.)
While reading, I recommend to have the charts of Heads of State in hand (page 471) , so that the detail information read can be somehow followed easily.
Or they develop the quick summary at the each chapter.
 

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User Review  - Morgan - Goodreads

Skidmore is a great story teller and historian and clearly knows his subject. Well presented, engaging and well written. A great read for anyone trying to unwind the current political complexities in Latin America. I'd love an update to bring it fully up to current events! Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE WHY LATIN AMERICA?
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ONE THE COLONIAL FOUNDATIONS 14921880s
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TWO THE TRANSFORMATION OF MODERN LATIN AMERICA
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