Latin America: A Concise Interpretive History Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is a history of all of Latin America (including Brazil, Jamaica, and other non-hispanic countries) from pre-colonial times to the present. Aimed at scholars of this topic of all levels, it offers detailed (though not exhaustive) analysis of major historical events, their causes, and present problems which plague the region. This is not a mere listing of facts, however, but as the title suggests, it is an "interpretive history".
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The major topics include: the origins of this multiracial society, colonialism and independence, structure and government of the new nations, the emergence of the modern state and the frustrations of democracy and true economic independence, and the revolutions of Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Cuba in the 20th century.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   20th century    -   19th century    -   18th century    -   17th century History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Central/Latin American Largely political history?    -   Yes Kind of political history    -   general revolution

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   Hispanic Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Neutral From a certain profession/group?    -   simple laborers Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico    -   Central    -   The Caribbean    -   South If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is moderately liberal

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   1 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   4 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   frustrated How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on the people/nation level How much romance?    -   1 () Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   350-400 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   8 ()

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