Latin American Studies

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Mexican History: A Primary Source Reader

Edited by Nora E. Jaffary; Edward W. Osowski; Susie S. Porter

First Edition • September 1, 2009 • 480 pages

Print: $55.00 USD/$71.50 CAD • Ebook: $36.99 USD/$36.99 CAD

Mexican History is a comprehensive and innovative primary source reader in Mexican history from the pre-Columbian past to the neoliberal present. Chronologically organized chapters facilitate the book’s assimilation into most course syllabi. Its selection of documents thoughtfully conveys enduring themes of Mexican history—land and labor, indigenous people, religion, and state…

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Rigoberta Menchu and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans: New Foreword by Elizabeth Burgos

David Stoll

First Edition • December 25, 2007 • 384 pages

Print: $39.00 USD/$56.50 CAD • Ebook: $22.99 USD/$26.99 CAD

Rigoberta Menchú is a living legend, a young woman who said that her odyssey from a Mayan Indian village to revolutionary exile was “the story of all poor Guatemalans.” By turning herself into an everywoman, she became a powerful symbol for 500 years of indigenous resistance to colonialism. Her testimony,…

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Politics in Chile: Socialism, Authoritarianism, and Market Democracy

Lois Hecht Oppenheim

Third Edition • January 23, 2007 • 336 pages

Print: $45.00 USD/$62.50 CAD • Ebook: $29.99 USD/$34.99 CAD

The third edition of Politics in Chile provides significantly updated coverage of Chilean politics and economic development from the return to civilian rule in 1990 to the 2006 election and early administration of Socialist Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s first woman president. Lois Hecht Oppenheim focuses on recent efforts to reconstruct democratic…

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Latin American Political History: Patterns and Personalities

Ronald Schneider

First Edition • July 1, 2006 • 704 pages

Print: $59.00 USD/$63.99 CAD • Ebook: $36.99 USD/$42.99 CAD

This authoritative study, at once historical and comparative, closely examines Latin America’s struggles to establish viable participatory political systems, from the colonial epoch to today. To confront the difficulty in understanding the profound heterogeneity of the world’s most challenging political laboratory, Latin American Political History adopts a weighted approach that…

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A Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development

Howard J. Wiarda; Harvey F Kline

Second Edition • July 1, 2006 • 272 pages

Print: $40.00 USD/$83.99 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$28.99 CAD

This succinct overview of the political factors that condition social and economic development in Latin America is the perfect core text in courses on politics, government, social change, and transitions to democracy throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Magical Writing in Salasaca: Literacy and Power in Highland Ecuador

Peter Wogan

First Edition • August 1, 2003 • 192 pages

Print: $36.00 USD/$56.50 CAD • Ebook: $22.99 USD/$26.99 CAD

This engaging case study of Salasaca, a village in highland Ecuador, examines indigenous beliefs about writing, such as Day of the Dead name lists, comparisons with weaving, and a witch who kills people listed in his book of names. Magical Writing in Salasaca demonstrates that these beliefs reflect extensive contact…

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Latin American Thought: Philosophical Problems and Arguments

Susanna Nuccetelli

First Edition • December 1, 2001 • 292 pages

Print: $45.00 USD/$48.50 CAD • Ebook: $29.99 USD/$34.99 CAD

Many of the philosophical questions raised in Latin America may seem to be among the perennial problems that have concerned philosophers at different times and in different places throughout the Western tradition, but they are not altogether the same—for Latin American thinkers have often adapted them to capture problems presented…

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Mexico and Mexico City in the World Economy

Edgar W Butler; James B Pick; W. James Hettrick

First Edition • January 1, 2001 • 408 pages

Print: $55.00 USD/$67.50 CAD • Ebook: $33.99 USD/$39.99 CAD

To understand contemporary Mexico, it is absolutely necessary to examine its level of development, and its relationship with the rest of the world. The level of development will, most likely, be related to the world system network, although the concepts are not identical. In Understanding Mexico and Mexico City in…

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Cities of Hope: People, Protests, and Progress in Urbanizing Latin America, 1870–1930

Edited by Ronn F Pineo; James A Baer

First Edition • January 1, 2001 • 304 pages

Print: $39.00 USD/$45.00 CAD

This groundbreaking book explores the relationship between the impact of urbanization on the working class in Latin American cities and the variety of responses by that group in the years between 1870 and 1930. Unlike urban geographies or political histories, the chapters of this collaborative volume focus on the people…

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Violent Memories: Mayan War Widows in Guatemala

Judith Zur

First Edition • January 1, 2001 • 352 pages

Print: $49.00 USD/$57.50 CAD

This local study of the impact of political violence on a Maya Indian village is based on intensive fieldwork in the department of El Quiché, Guatemala, during 1988 1990. It examines the processes of fragmentation and realignment in a community undergoing rapid and violent change and relates local, social, cultural,…

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