The History of Chile

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Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 29, 2005 - History - 297 pages
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Within Chile is the driest desert in the world, the highest mountain range in the hemisphere, temperate rainforests, and a piece of Antarctica. In all these areas Chileans have created unique communities and, together, a vibrant nation. Chile's history mirrors its geographic variety. From its pre-colonial period, to its days as a Spanish colony, through its many independent governments, Chile has long been a land of crises and controversy. Beginning with a survey of the land, people, and current government of Chile, the book traces the chronological story of the country. Ten chapters follow the details of Chilean history from the indigenous peoples to the democratic transition after the Pinochet dictatorship. This is the perfect starting point for students and travelers interested in the history and people of Chile.

 

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Contents

1 A Crazy Geography
1
2 Origins of the Chilean People 5001750
27
3 Independence 17501830
51
4 Miners Merchants and Hacendados 183061
73
5 The Triumph of Congress 186191
95
6 New Classes and Conflicts 18911925
113
7 Experiments in Democracy 192558
133
8 Reform Turns to Revolution195873
155
9 Military Rule and Neoliberalism197390
185
10 The Democratic Transition after 1990
213
Notable People in the History of Chile
239
Glossary of Selected Terms
249
Suggestions for Further Reading
255
Index
271
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John L. Rector is professor of history at Western Oregon University and has been a consultant to various travel guides on Chile.

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