This comprehensive narrative covers Latin America's pre-Colombian and colonial periods, including its civil war and struggle for independence. Brown's clear, lively prose stresses social history (as opposed to political history). The textbook presents Latin American history from the "bottom up,"emphasizing the stories of indigenous peoples, African slaves, and mixed-race workers and peasants. According to Brown, colonialism was a process of accommodation and conflict between numerous ethnic groups and the European settlers who took control of the land and the people. The cultural diversity and racial mixture unique to the colonial experience find ample expression in illustrations, tables, charts, and up-to-date bibliographies, as well as in the many historical documents that depict the contributions of ordinary people.
Table of Contents
Part I: THE ENCOUNTER BETWEEN NATIVE AMERICANS AND EUROPEANS.
1. The Ancient Mesoamericans.
2. The Ancient South Americans.
3. Iberian Conquest and Settlement.
Part II: ESTABLISHING THE COLONIAL SOCIAL HERITAGE.
4. Colonial Institutions.
5. The Iberian-American World.
6. Native Americans.
7. African Americans.
Part III: ECONOMIC FLORESCENCE AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.
8. Economic and Social Change in Spanish North America.
9. The Working People of Mexico.
10. The Emergence of Spanish South America.
11. Rebellion in the Andes.
12. Brazil�s Age of Gold.
13. The Haitian Social Revolution.
Part IV: THE AGE OF REFORM AND INDEPENDENCE.
14. The Failure to Avert the Colonial Crisis.
15. Revolution and Independence.