Latin America 2012

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Rowman & Littlefield, Aug 9, 2012 - Education - 410 pages
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A comprehensive, timely and entertaining account of the political, cultural and economic dynamics of more than 30 discrete countries of the Western Hemisphere, this book is updated each year, providing students with the most recent information possible. The information is presented in an objective, balanced, non-ideological context, allowing the readers to formulate their own opinions. In addition to examining individual countries, the book views Latin America as a mosaic region as a whole and emphasizes its growing influence on the world stage. Besides providing accurate and timely information on the historical and political forces that have shaped each nation, it also examines the leading cultural figures and forces, from 18th century writers to 20th century composers and singing stars to 21st century filmmakers and actors. Finally, it describes the social and economic challenges that continue to afflict this exciting and emerging region.
 

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Contents

Latin America Today
1
The Early Americans
13
Conquest Colonization and the Challenge of Independence
17
USLatin American Relations
23
The Republic of Argentina
35
Belize
57
Plurinational State of Bolivia
61
Brazil
74
Mexico
238
Nicaragua
287
The Republic of Panama
301
The Republic of Paraguay
314
Peru
327
Suriname
345
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
351
The Oriental Eastern Republic of Uruguay
356

Chile
97
The Republic of Colombia
114
The Republic of Costa Rica
132
The Socialist Republic of Cuba
138
Dominican Republic
161
Ecuador
168
The Republic of El Salvador
181
Guatemala
190
The Cooperative Republic of Guyana
207
The Republic of Haiti
212
The Republic of Honduras
224
Jamaica
232
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
364
Smaller Nations and Dependent Territories of Latin America
386
The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
388
Barbados
390
Grenada
392
British dependencies
394
French dependencies
395
Netherlands dependencies
396
United States dependencies
397
Selected Bibliography of Key English Language Sources
404
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Robert T. Buckman is a communication professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who has extensive experience in Latin America, including a two-year civilian assignment with the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay, Army Reserve assignments to Panama and Colombia and a Fulbright Fellowship to Chile. As a freelance journalist for different newspapers, he has covered elections in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile.