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The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade

by Barbara L. Solow & Dale Tomich Lexington Books (May 27, 2014)

The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade places the sugar/slave/plantation complex of the British West Indies at the center of the Atlantic trading system, uniting the economies of western Europe,...


Mussolini's National Project in Argentina

by David Aliano Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (August 31, 2012)

Mussolini’s National Project in Argentina offers a new look at the theoretical questions surrounding the promotion of a national project within another nation-state. Using the Italian project in Argentina...


The Codex Nuttall

by Zelia Nuttall Dover Publications (January 22, 2013)

The only value-priced, full-color edition of the pre-Columbian Mexican (Mixtec) book. Features 88 color plates of kings, gods, heroes, temples, sacrifices, and more. New introduction.


Beyond Slavery: The Multilayered Legacy of Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean

by Darién J. Davis Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 21, 2006)

Beyond Slavery traces the enduring impact and legacy of the African diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean in the modern era. In a rich set of essays, the volume explores the multiple ways that Africans...


Lost in the Long Transition: Struggles for Social Justice in Neoliberal Chile

by William L. Alexander, Emily Wakild, Angela Vergara & Anton Daughters et al. Lexington Books (September 24, 2009)

Presenting case studies by anthropologists, historians, political scientists, and environmental specialists,Lost in the Long Transition critically examines the impact of neoliberal economic and social policies...


Latin America During World War II

by John F. Bratzel, Thomas M. Leonard, Monica A. Rankin & Graeme Mount et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 11, 2006)

The first full-length study of World War II from the Latin American perspective, this unique volume offers an in-depth analysis of the region during wartime. Each country responded to World War II according...


Coffee and Transformation in Sao Paulo, Brazil

by Mauricio A. Font Lexington Books (July 09, 2010)

This volume examines the dynamism of the São Paulo region and its coffee industry and evolution since the latter part of the nineteenth century. Targeting key players such as large entrepreneurial coffee landlords...


The United States Discovers Panama: The Writings of Soldiers, Scholars, Scientists, and Scoundrels, 1850D1905

by Michael J. LaRosa & Germán R. Mejía Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 14, 2003)

Marking the centennial of Panama's separation from Colombia in 1903, this volume reprises U.S. images of the isthmus a century ago. The editors have collected a fascinating selection of articles from two of...


Globalization on the Ground: Postbellum Guatemalan Democracy and Development

by Susanne Jonas, Nelson Amaro, Christopher Chase-Dunn & Gert Rosenthal et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 25, 2001)

This book presents research, analysis, and reflections on the major issues of Guatemalan development and democracy: the role of the military, the involvement of Mayan communities in national development, the...


The Democracy Development Machine

by Nicholas Copeland Cornell University Press (May 15, 2019)

Nicholas Copeland sheds new light on rural politics in Guatemala and across neoliberal and post-conflict settings in The Democracy Development Machine. This historical ethnography examines how governmentalized...


Cuba's Forgotten Decade

by Isabel Story, Anna Clayfield, Emily J. Kirk & Anne Luke et al. Lexington Books (August 24, 2018)

The 1970s have largely been overlooked in scholarly studies of the Cuban Revolution, or, at the very least, dismissed simply as a period of “Sovietization” characterized by widespread bureaucratization,...


Tropical Idolatry

by R. L. Green Lexington Books (June 15, 2018)

In Tropical Idolatry, R.L. Green examines how thinkers within the Society of Jesus attempted to convert indigenous peoples of New Spain, the Philippine Islands, and the Mariana Islands to Catholicism during...


Guatemala's Catholic Revolution

by Bonar L. Hernández Sandoval University of Notre Dame Press (November 30, 2018)

Guatemala’s Catholic Revolution is an account of the resurgence of Guatemalan Catholicism during the twentieth century. By the late 1960s, an increasing number of Mayan peasants had emerged as religious and...


Cuban Foreign Policy

by H. Michael Erisman & John M. Kirk Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 27, 2018)

This volume illustrates the sweeping changes in Cuban foreign policy under Raúl Castro. Leading scholars from around the world show how the significant shift in foreign policy direction that started in 1990...


Prieto

by Henry B. Lovejoy The University of North Carolina Press (November 14, 2018)

This Atlantic world history centers on the life of Juan Nepomuceno Prieto (c. 1773–c. 1835), a member of the West African Yoruba people enslaved and taken to Havana during the era of the Atlantic slave trade....


The Migrant Passage

by Noelle Kateri Brigden Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

At the crossroads between international relations and anthropology, The Migrant Passage analyzes how people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala navigate the dangerous and uncertain clandestine journey...


The Commander's Dilemma

by Amelia Hoover Green Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Why do some military and rebel groups commit many types of violence, creating an impression of senseless chaos, whereas others carefully control violence against civilians? A classic catch-22 faces the leaders...


Rutilio Grande

by Rhina Guidos Liturgical Press (January 12, 2018)

In Rutilio Grande: A Table for All, veteran journalist Rhina Guidos explores the inspiring life and ministry of the Salvadoran priest whose killing changed the church in El Salvador and the life of his close...


Historical Dictionary of Colombia

by Harvey F. Kline Scarecrow Press (June 01, 2012)

The Historical Dictionary of Colombia covers the history of Colombia through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and a bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,000 cross-referenced entries...


Ricochet

by Mary Jo McConahay SheBooks (May 18, 2014)

A stunning memoir by California Book Award winner Mary Jo McConahay, from her years reporting for national magazines from Central America. When three colleagues die violently during a single wartime election...


After Insurgency

by Ralph Sprenkels University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2018)

El Salvador’s 2009 presidential elections marked a historical feat: Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) became the first former Latin American guerrilla movement to win the ballot after...


The Caribbean Policy of the Ulysses S. Grant Administration

by Stephen McCullough Lexington Books (November 30, 2017)

From 1869 to 1877, the United States found itself deeply involved in the Caribbean as Washington sought to replace European influence and colonialism with an informal American empire. The Ulysses S. Grant administration...


Citizens of Memory

by Silvia R. Tandeciarz Bucknell University Press (November 10, 2017)

Citizens of Memory explores efforts at recollection in post-dictatorship Argentina and the hoped-for futures they set in motion. The material, visual, narrative, and pedagogical interventions it analyzes address...


Paisanos

by Tim Fanning Gill Books (August 25, 2016)

The epic story of the forgotten Irish men and women who changed the face of Latin America forever.

In the early nineteenth century, thousands of volunteers left Ireland behind to join the fight for South American...


1847

by Turtle Bunbury Gill Books (September 09, 2016)

Capture the spirit of an industrial, social and cultural revolution through this invigorating collection of historical portraits from the dawn of the industrialised world!

Though it feels like an era marooned...


Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980

by Nicaragua Ministry of Planning, Nina Serrano & Paul Richards Estuary Press (May 17, 2017)

The Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980 is the work of 200 people commissioned by the revolutionary Sandinista victors to create a plan for their post-victory world. The Program...


Path of Empire

by Aims McGuinness Cornell University Press (December 01, 2016)

Most people in the United States have forgotten that tens of thousands of U.S. citizens migrated westward to California by way of Panama during the California Gold Rush. Decades before the completion of the...


The broken village

by Daniel R. Reichman ILR Press

In The Broken Village, Daniel R. Reichman tells the story of a remote village in Honduras that transformed almost overnight from a sleepy coffee-growing community to a hotbed of undocumented migration to and...


Capitalists and Revolution in Nicaragua

by Rose J. Spalding The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

By tracing the complex relationship between the Sandinista government and the Nicaraguan business elite, this book examines the shifting mix of alliances and oppositions that shaped the Sandinista revolution....


Twentieth-Century Latin American Revolutions

by Marc Becker Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 2017)

Revolutions are a commonly studied but only vaguely understood historical phenomenon. This clear and concise text extends our understanding with a critical narrative analysis of key case studies: the 1910–1920...


Crime At El Escorial

by D. J. Walker UPA (August 01, 2014)

Crime at El Escorial presents a comparative social and judicial analysis of an 1892 child murder, drawing from newspaper archives among other historical documents. D.J. Walker discusses the role of Spain’s...


Silenced Communities

by Marcia Esparza Berghahn Books (October 01, 2017)

Although the Guatemalan Civil War ended more than two decades ago, its bloody legacy continues to resonate even today. In Silenced Communities, author Marcia Esparza offers an ethnographic account of the failed...


Anna in the Tropics (TCG Edition)

by Nilo Cruz Theatre Communications Group (September 01, 2003)

Winner of the 2003 Pulitizer Prize for Drama

. . . there are many kinds of light.

The light of fires. The light of stars.

The light that reflects off rivers.

Light that penetrates through cracks.

Then there’s the...


Stories of Civil War in El Salvador

by Erik Ching The University of North Carolina Press (August 26, 2016)

El Salvador's civil war began in 1980 and ended twelve bloody years later. It saw extreme violence on both sides, including the terrorizing and targeting of civilians by death squads, recruitment of child soldiers,...


Revolution in the Countryside

by Jim Handy The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Although most discussions of the Guatemalan "revolution" of 1944-54 focus on international and national politics, Revolution in the Countryside presents a more complex and integrated picture of this decade....


Reinterpreting the Banana Republic

by Darío A. Euraque The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

In this new analysis of Honduran social and political development, Dar degreeso Euraque explains why Honduras escaped the pattern of revolution and civil wars suffered by its neighbors Guatemala, El Salvador,...


Nicaragua's Other Revolution

by Michael Dodson & Laura Nuzzi O'Shaughnessy The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

The 1979 rebellion in Nicaragua was the first in modern Latin America to be carried out with the active participation and support of Christians. Like all revolutions, the Nicaraguan Revolution has provoked controversy...


Memories of Conquest

by Laura E. Matthew The University of North Carolina Press (April 30, 2012)

Indigenous allies helped the Spanish gain a foothold in the Americas. What did these Indian conquistadors expect from the partnership, and what were the implications of their involvement in Spain's New World...


Trade Unionists Against Terror

by Deborah Levenson-Estrada The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2014)

Deborah Levenson-Estrada provides the first comprehensive analysis of how urban labor unions took shape in Guatemala under conditions of state terrorism. In Trade Unionists against Terror, she explores how workers...


Export Agriculture and the Crisis in Central America

by Robert G. Williams The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2014)

Before social unrest shook the region in the 1970s, Central America experienced more than a decade of rapid export growth by adding cotton and beef to the traditional coffee and bananas. Williams shows how the...


Rascally Signs in Sacred Places

by David E. Whisnant The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

David Whisnant provides a comprehensive analysis of the dynamic relationship between culture, power, and policy in Nicaragua over the last 450 years. Spanning a broad spectrum of popular and traditional expressive...


The Regime of Anastasio Somoza, 1936-1956

by Knut Walter The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

To many observers, Anastasio Somoza, who ruled Nicaragua from 1936 until his assassination in 1956, personified the worst features of a dictator. While not dismissing these characteristics, Knut Walter argues...


Harvesting Change

by Laura J. Enríquez The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

One of the principal aims of the Sandinista government in Nicaragua was to end the exploitation of the rural poor. But its attempts to promote balanced economic development and redistribute agricultural resources...


Authoritarian El Salvador: Politics and the Origins of the Military Regimes, 1880-1944

by Erik Ching University of Notre Dame Press (January 15, 2014)

In December 1931, El Salvador's civilian president, Arturo Araujo, was overthrown in a military coup. Such an event was hardly unique in Salvadoran history, but the 1931 coup proved to be a watershed. Araujo...


New Orleans Sisters of the Holy Family, The: African American Missionaries to the Garifuna of Belize

by Edward T. Brett University of Notre Dame Press (April 03, 2012)

The Sisters of the Holy Family, founded in New Orleans in 1842, were the first African American Catholics to serve as missionaries. This story of their little-known missionary efforts in Belize from 1898 to...


Women and Guerrilla Movements

by Karen Kampwirth Penn State University Press (June 18, 2002)

The revolutionary movements that emerged frequently in Latin America over the past century promoted goals that included overturning dictatorships, confronting economic inequalities, and creating what Cuban revolutionary...


Translated Christianities

by Mark Z. Christensen Penn State University Press (April 24, 2014)

Beginning in the sixteenth century, ecclesiastics and others created religious texts written in the native languages of the Nahua and Yucatec Maya. These texts played an important role in the evangelization...


Before the Revolution

by Victoria González-Rivera Penn State University Press (July 28, 2011)

Those who survived the brutal dictatorship of the Somoza family have tended to portray the rise of the women’s movement and feminist activism as part of the overall story of the anti-Somoza resistance. But...


Haiti: The Tumultuous History - From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation

by Philippe Girard St. Martin's Press (September 14, 2010)

Why has Haiti been plagued by so many woes? Why have multiple U.S. efforts to create a stable democracy in Haiti failed so spectacularly? Philippe Girard answers these and other questions, examining how colonialism...


Revolution

by Deb Olin Unferth Henry Holt and Co. (February 01, 2011)

Rising literary star Deb Olin Unferth offers a new twist on the coming-of-age memoir in this utterly unique and captivating story of the year she ran away from college with her Christian boyfriend and followed...