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A Book of North Wales

by Sabine Baring-Gould

CONCERNING the purpose and scope of this little book I have but to repeat what I have said in the prefaces to my other works of the same nature—A Book of the West, A Book of Dartmoor, A Book of Brittany—that...


Jungle of Stone

by William Carlsen

“Thrilling. …A captivating history of two men who dramatically changed their contemporaries’ view of the past.” — Kirkus (starred review)

In 1839 rumors of extraordinary yet baffling stone ruins buried...


Authoritarian El Salvador: Politics and the Origins of the Military Regimes, 1880-1944

by Erik Ching

In December 1931, El Salvador's civilian president, Arturo Araujo, was overthrown in a military coup. Such an event was hardly unique in Salvadoran history, but the 1931 coup proved to be a watershed. Araujo...


New Orleans Sisters of the Holy Family, The: African American Missionaries to the Garifuna of Belize

by Edward T. Brett

The Sisters of the Holy Family, founded in New Orleans in 1842, were the first African American Catholics to serve as missionaries. This story of their little-known missionary efforts in Belize from 1898 to...


A Camera in the Garden of Eden: The Self-Forging of a Banana Republic

by Kevin Coleman

In the early twentieth century, the Boston-based United Fruit Company controlled the production, distribution, and marketing of bananas, the most widely consumed fresh fruit in North America. So great was the...


The Boiling River: Adventure and Discovery in the Amazon

by Andrés Ruzo

In this exciting adventure mixed with amazing scientific study, a young, exuberant explorer and geoscientist journeys deep into the Amazon—where rivers boil and legends come to life.

When Andrés Ruzo was just...


Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace

by Noam Chomsky

US Central American policies project broader US economic, military, and social aims, impacting millions in Central America.


Ñandutí, Lace of Paraguay

by Annick Sanjurjo & Albert J Casciero

It happens rarely that a foreign craft is so intensely identified with a region to the extent that it becomes its symbol.  However, that is exactly what happened with the old Spanish lace from Extremadura,...


The Maya (Ninth edition)

by Michael D. Coe & Stephen D. Houston

"The gold standard of introductory books on the ancient Maya." —Expedition The Maya has long been established as the best, most readable introduction to the New World’s greatest ancient civilization. Coe...


Archaeoastronomy and the Maya

by Gerardo Aldana y V. & Edwin L. Barnhart

Archaeoastronomy and the Maya illustrates archaeoastronomical approaches to ancient Mayan cultural production. The book is contextualized through a history of archaeoastronomical investigations into Mayan sites,...


Maya Revolt and Revolution in the Eighteenth Century

by Robert W. Patch

Records of revolts, rebellions, and revolutions provide insight into the nature of the Maya in the colonial period. This book presents five case studies - four in Guatemala and one in Yucatan, Mexico - of eighteenth-century...


Toxic Injustice: A Transnational History of Exposure and Struggle

by Susanna Rankin Bohme

The pesticide dibromochloropropane, known as DBCP, was developed by the chemical companies Dow and Shell in the 1950s to target wormlike, soil-dwelling creatures called nematodes. Despite signs that the chemical...


The Lowland Maya Postclassic

by Arlen F. Chase & Prudence M. Rice

This collection represents a major step forward in understanding the era from the end of Classic Maya civilization to the Spanish conquest.


History and Society in Central America

by Edelberto Torres Rivas, Douglass Sullivan-González & Victor Bulmer-Thomas

First published in Chile in 1969 as Interpretación del desarrollo social centroamericano, this classic is now available in English. The first attempt at an integrated analysis of modern Central America's socioeconomic...


Guatemalan Indians and the State: 1540 to 1988

by Carol A. Smith

Violence in Central America, especially when directed against Indian populations, is not a new phenomenon. Yet few studies of the region have focused specifi cally on the relationship between Indians and the...


The Yaquis and the Empire: Violence, Spanish Imperial Power, and Native Resilience in Colonial Mexico

by Raphael Brewster Folsom

This important new book on the Yaqui people of the north Mexican state of Sonora examines the history of Yaqui-Spanish interactions from first contact in 1533 through Mexican independence in 1821. The Yaquis...


Pulltrouser Swamp: Ancient Maya Habitat, Agriculture, and Settlement in Northern Belize

by B. L., II Turner & Peter D. Harrison

Among Mesoamericanists, the agricultural basis of the ancient Maya civilization of the Yucatan Peninsula has been an important topic of research-and controversy. Interest in the agricultural system of the Maya...


Stone Tool Use at Cerros: The Ethnoarchaeological and Use-Wear Evidence

by Suzanne M. Lewenstein

For centuries scholars have pondered and speculated over the uses of the chipped stone implements uncovered at archaeological sites. Recently a number of researchers have attempted to determine prehistoric tool...


Archeology and Volcanism in Central America: The Zapotitan Valley of El Salvador

by Payson D. Sheets

Scientists have long speculated on the impact of extreme natural catastrophes on human societies. Archeology and Volcanism in Central America provides dramatic evidence of the effects of several volcanic disasters...


Crisis in Costa Rica: The 1948 Revolution

by John Patrick Bell

The Costa Rican revolution of 1948 capped an extended period of social tension and political unrest. This book analyzes the circumstances of 1940-1948 that led to a successful armed uprising. A secondary and...