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THE RIDDLE OF LATIN AMERICA explores the promise and paradox of Latin America in a novel way by giving equal weight to the colonial and national periods. This is essential because in Latin America colonialism started early and independence came late. The aim of this book is to provide unfamiliar readers with a more balanced, interpretive view of Latin America’s long and complex history by identifying key patterns and trends and tracing them across time and space. Within chapters THE RIDDLE OF LATIN AMERICA takes a regional rather than country-by-country approach, treating, for example, the Greater Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, the Andes, the Southern Cone, and Brazil.
- End-of-chapter timelines, maps, and a “Keep Reading” feature provide further support beyond the content of the chapter.
- Lane and Restall provide a broad sweeping approach to the regional history of Latin America.
- Equal weight is given to the colonial and national periods.
Part I: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (1450-1550).
1. Native American Trajectories.
2. An Emerging Atlantic World.
3. The Riddle of Conquest.
Part II: COLONIAL COMPROMISES (1550-1740).
4. Plunder and Production.
5. The Battle for Orthodoxy.
6. Daily Life in City and Country.
Part III: BREAKING AWAY (1740-1850).
7. War and Peace in the Late Colonies.
8. The Wars of Independence.
9. Colonial Continuities in the Early Republics.
Part IV: NEW NATIONS AND THEIR CITIZENS (1850-1910).
10. Liberals, Conservatives, and Capitalists.
11. Exports and Underdevelopment.
12. Rural Majorities and Unconquered Frontiers.
Part V: REORIENTATIONS AND REACTIONS (1910-2010).
13. Revolution, Reform, and Foreign Intervention.
14. Authoritarianism and its Discontents.
15. Democracy, Urban Life, and Neoliberalism.
Conclusion: The Paradox of Latin America.