Latin American Studies

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From the Finca To the Maquila: Labor and Capitalist Development in Central America

Juan Perez Sainz

First Edition • December 1, 2000 • 200 pages

Print: $40.00 USD/$48.99 CAD

      The oligarchic crises in Central America has provoked a variety of responses at different levels during the last decades. The development of new agroexports in the 1950s, the import substitution industrialization of the 1960s, and the current opening up of trade along with the development of new…

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The Left Strikes Back: Class and Conflict in the Age of Neoliberalism

James Petras

First Edition • December 29, 2000 • 232 pages

Print: $42.00 USD/$67.50 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$28.99 CAD

The Left Strikes Back addresses the neglected topic of popular resistance to capital globalization and neoliberal polices, and considers the future of the revolutionary left in this region. James Petras shows that the current stage of capital globalization and the weakening of the ability of established popular groups to defend…

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Latin America in the World Economy: Mercantile Colonialism To Global Capitalism

Frederick Stirton Weaver

First Edition • August 1, 2000 • 272 pages

Print: $41.00 USD/$47.50 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$28.99 CAD

Latin America in the World Economy considers the dual aspect of Latin American development: how external factors (phases of world capitalism since Columbus) interweave with internal factors (Latin American culture, politics, and social groups). Within his skillful approach, Weaver demonstrates how domestic social conflicts and power relations have consistently capitalized…

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Latin America in Crisis

John W. Sherman

First Edition • August 1, 2000 • 232 pages

Print: $38.00 USD/$69.99 CAD

Latin America in Crisis builds a clear-eyed consideration of the fundamental economic and political realities of Latin America today onto a framework of introductory history. It is a concise core text for Latin American survey courses that require both a historical perspective and an attention to contemporary issues. In its…

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Modern Political Economy and Latin America: Theory and Policy

Jeffry A Frieden; Manuel Pastor Jr.; Michael Tomz

First Edition • April 1, 2000 • 368 pages

Print: $48.00 USD/$52.50 CAD • Ebook: $29.99 USD/$34.99 CAD

Modern Political Economy and Latin America consists of 35 carefully selected readings about the relationship between politics and economics in Latin American. Jeffry Frieden, Manuel Pastor, Jr., and Michael Tomz have edited the readings, organized them thematically, and included a series of introductions to guide readers through the material. The…

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Of Centaurs and Doves: Guatemala’s Peace Process

Susanne Jonas

First Edition • March 1, 2000 • 320 pages

Print: $43.00 USD/$56.50 CAD

In this, the first English-language book-length account of Guatemala’s historic but difficult peace process, Susanne Jonas assesses the negotiation and content of the 1996 peace accords, and their implementation as of 1999. Her analysis also highlights their significance beyond Guatemala—for Central America over the long run, and for the Americas…

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On the Rim of Mexico: Encounters of the Rich and Poor

Ramon Eduardo Ruiz

First Edition • December 10, 1999 • 272 pages

Print: $36.00 USD/$71.50 CAD • Ebook: $22.99 USD/$26.99 CAD

The vast stretch of mostly arid lands and deserts that makes up the border between Mexico and the United States is not only one of the longest international boundaries in the world, setting apart two entirely different countries for more than two thousand miles, it is the backdrop for a…

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Mexico Megacity

James B. Pick and Edgar W. Butler

First Edition • November 19, 1999 • 432 pages

Print: $63.00 USD/$56.50 CAD

With a population of 15 million persons in 1990, Mexico City is one of the world’s largest cities. It is a famous center of civilizations and culture and one of the economic capitals of the Americas, but it also has serious social and economic problems, including large impoverished zones, severe…

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Costa Rica: Quest for Democracy

John A Booth

First Edition • November 1, 1999 • 256 pages

Print: $45.00 USD/$52.50 CAD

How did Costa Rica become Central America’s first successful democracy? How does Costa Rican democracy work? How does democracy survive despite regional turmoil, foreign intervention, and economic crisis? Beginning with Costa Rica’s history within the Central American context, John Booth traces democratic development in Costa Rica through its institutions, rules…

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Civil-military Relations: Building Democracy and Regional Security in Latin America, Southern Asia, and Central Europe

Edited by David R Mares

First Edition • November 1, 1999 • 288 pages

Print: $36.00 USD/$52.50 CAD

With the end of the Cold War the attention of policymakers, political activists, and academics has focused on the factors which promote democracy and regional peace. From both a theoretical and empirical perspective, the contributors to this volume examine the claim that civilian domination is the only form compatible with…

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