Americanos: Latin America's Struggle for Independence

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Oxford University Press, Jan 28, 2008 - History - 240 pages
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A premier volume in Oxford's Pivotal Moments in World History series, Americanos offers an engagingly written, compact history of the Latin American wars of independence. Proceeding almost cinematically, scene by vivid scene, John Charles Chasteen introduces the reader to lead players, basic concepts, key events, and dominant trends, braided together in a single, taut narrative. He vividly depicts the individuals and events of those tumultuous years, capturing the gathering forces for independence, the clashes of troops and decisions of leaders, and the rich, elaborate tapestry of Latin American societies as they embraced nationhood.

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John Charles Chasteen's Americanos: Latin America's Struggle for Independence relates the somewhat familiar story of the independence struggles of the Spanish and Portuguese colonies in America. The ... Read full review

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Unlike the democracies of the United States and Western Europe, the budding nations had little to no experience in self government. Until the European political whirlwind of Napoleon Bonaparte ... Read full review

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Dramatis Personae
Discovering América 17991805
Pillars of the Crown 18061810
NotSoCivil Wars 18101812
A Lost Cause? 18121815
Independence Won 18161824
Nation Building Begins 18251840
The Legacy Endures

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About the author (2008)

John Charles Chasteen is Patterson Distinguished Term Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Both a writer and a translator, his books include Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America.

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