The Penguin History of Latin America, Paperback
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Now fully updated to 2009, this acclaimed history of Latin America tells its turbulent story from Columbus to Chavez.

Beginning with the Spanish and Portugese conquests of the New World, it takes in centuries of upheaval, revolution and modernization up to the present day, looking in detail at Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Cuba, and gives an overview of the cultural developments that have made Latin America a source of fascination for the world. 'A first-rate work of history ...His cool, scholarly gaze and synthesizing intelligence demystify a part of the world peculiarly prone to myth-making ...This book covers an enormous amount of ground, geographically and culturally' - Tony Gould, "Independent on Sunday".


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 720 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9780141034751



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Exceptionally informative and easy to read, this book is by far the best Latin American resource I've read.

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A magisterial and epic overview of the history of Latin America from the Conquest until 1989. The author's interests focus mostly on the politico-economic realities in Latin America throughout these periods-- the Iberian influences and then the later Enlightenment/modernist influences. Art and literature of the last two hundred years is also described.This book definitely goes beyond where most textbooks end; nevertheless, there is a significant "western"-style emphasis in this historical analysis, since it features the "great men" and focuses on the meta issues of politics and economics. This book helps to describe why Latin America is as it is and many of the factors leading to it, but is by no means comprehensive.

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