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

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Hardback 392 Pages / Published: 24/02/2017
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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.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442235700
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 626 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 26 mm


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In this panoramic study of Latin America since independence, Thomas Wright critically examines processes of continuity and change in crucial colonial legacies through two hundred years of postcolonial history. The book is invaluable for understanding the historical weight of many cultural traits, attitudes, values, practices, and institutions that crystalized in colonial times and have continued to influence two centuries of independent life. In clear and incisive language, it threads together complex political, socioeconomic, religious, and cultural developments, clarifying macroregional processes while providing detailed analyses of all the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the Americas. Textboxes, maps, images, and suggestions for further reading make it a persuasive learning tool. Highly recommended for any comprehensive course on Latin America. -- Luis Roniger, Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies, Wake Forest University
Thomas Wright has written an engaging, intelligent, and valuable history of modern Latin America that will benefit students and specialists alike. Latin American since Independence places the region in a global context but also captures its great diversity. -- Charles Walker, University of California, Davis
This fresh introduction to Latin American history offers an enlightening and distinctly twenty-first-century perspective for students and general readers in our globalized world. Over two centuries, Wright shows, the international order has at every stage shaped five long-persisting features of the region's colonial legacy and made its societies what they are today. -- Alexander Wilde, American University
Thomas Wright has provided a sweeping survey of two hundred years of Latin American history spanning postcolonial times to the post-Cold War years. His book renders comprehensible the complexities of diverse histories without diminishing the importance of a common experience-and excels as an introductory text. -- Louis A. Perez Jr., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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