Latin America since Independence: Two Centuries of Continuity and Change (Latin American Silhouettes)

Latin America since Independence: Two Centuries of Continuity and Change (Latin American Silhouettes)

By: Thomas C. Wright (author)Paperback

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This innovative text offers a clear and concise introduction to Latin America since independence. Thomas C. Wright traces continuity and change in five central colonial legacies: authoritarian governance; a rigid social hierarchy based on race, color, and gender; the powerful Roman Catholic Church; economic dependency; and the large landed estate. He shows that the outcomes of debate and contestation over these colonial legacies have been crucial in shaping contemporary political systems, economies, societies, and religious institutions in a richly diverse region. These unifying themes guide the reader through each period. The text's user-friendly illustrations, maps, chapter summaries, and suggestions for further reading enrich student understanding of a major part of the world.

About Author

Thomas C. Wright is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Acknowledgments Acronyms Map of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Map of South America Introduction Part I: Colonial Roots Chapter 1: Origins of the Colonial Legacies Part II: Independence and its Challenges, 1790s-1870s Chapter 2: The Independence of Latin America Chapter 3: The Age of Caudillos Reflections on the Colonial Legacies, 1790s-1870s Part III: Exports, Oligarchies, and Yankees, 1870s-1930 Chapter 4: The Export Economies Chapter 5: Political Consolidation and Social Change Chapter 6: Rise of the Yankee Reflections on the Colonial Legacies, 1870s-1930 Part IV: Revolution, Depression, and Cold War, 1930-1959 Chapter 7: The Mexican Revolution Chapter 8: Depression, Political Change, and Cold War Reflections on the Colonial Legacies, 1930-1959 Part V: The Era of the Cuban Revolution, 1959-1990 Chapter 9: The Cuban Revolution Chapter 10: The Cuban Revolution, Latin America, and the United States Chapter 11: The Reaction: Repression and State Terrorism Reflections on the Colonial Legacies, 1959-1990 Part IV: Contemporary Latin America, 1990-Present Chapter 12: Neoliberalism, Democracy, the Pink Tide, and Other Developments since 1990 Reflections on the Colonial Legacies, 1990-Present Conclusion: Colonial Legacies and Today's Latin America Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781442235717
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 374
  • ID: 9781442235717
  • weight: 508
  • ISBN10: 1442235713

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