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Alone at the Altar

by Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara

By 1700, Guatemala's capital was a mixed-race "city of women." As in many other cities across colonial Spanish America, labor and migration patterns in Guatemala produced an urban female majority and high numbers...

Anxieties of Experience

by Jeffrey Lawrence

Anxieties of Experience: The Literatures of the Americas from Whitman to Bola?o offers a new interpretation of US and Latin American literature from the nineteenth century to the present. Revisiting longstanding...

The Caribbean Policy of the Ulysses S. Grant Administration

by Stephen McCullough

From 1869 to 1877, the United States found itself deeply involved in the Caribbean as Washington sought to replace European influence and colonialism with an informal American empire. The Ulysses S. Grant administration...

Citizens of Memory

by Silvia R. Tandeciarz

Citizens of Memory explores efforts at recollection in post-dictatorship Argentina and the hoped-for futures they set in motion. The material, visual, narrative, and pedagogical interventions it analyzes address...

Silenced Communities

by Marcia Esparza

Although the Guatemalan Civil War ended more than two decades ago, its bloody legacy continues to resonate even today. In Silenced Communities, author Marcia Esparza offers an ethnographic account of the failed...

Capitalists and Revolution in Nicaragua

by Rose J. Spalding

By tracing the complex relationship between the Sandinista government and the Nicaraguan business elite, this book examines the shifting mix of alliances and oppositions that shaped the Sandinista revolution....

Who Should Rule?

by Mónica Ricketts

Who Should Rule? traces the ambitious imperial reform that empowered new and competing political actors in an era of intense imperial competition, war, and the breakdown of the Spanish empire. Mónica Ricketts...

Twentieth-Century Latin American Revolutions

by Marc Becker

Revolutions are a commonly studied but only vaguely understood historical phenomenon. This clear and concise text extends our understanding with a critical narrative analysis of key case studies: the 1910–1920...

Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980

by Nicaragua Ministry of Planning, Nina Serrano & Paul Richards

The Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980 is the work of 200 people commissioned by the revolutionary Sandinista victors to create a plan for their post-victory world. The Program...

A Hero's Curse

by Kajsa Norman

A Hero's Curse is the story of the modern Venezuelans whose lives have taken shape in the shadow of Simón Bolívar and his most passionate disciple, Comandante Hugo Chávez. For nearly two hundred years Venezuela's...

Poets and Prophets of the Resistance

by Joaquín M. Chávez

Poets and Prophets of the Resistance offers a ground-up history and fresh interpretation of the polarization and mobilization that brought El Salvador to the eve of civil war in 1980. Challenging the dominant...

Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America

by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca & cyclone Covey

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (Jerez de la Frontera, c. 1488/1490/1492 – Seville, c. 1557/1558/1559/1560) was a Spanish explorer of the New World, and one of four survivors of the 1527 Narváez expedition....

Maya Math Simplified

by Njord Kane

The Mystery of Maya Math Code is solved and simplified! 

Presented in a manner that is not long winded by explaining centuries of theories regarding ancient mathematics, Maya philosophy, and history. This book...

History of the Maya

by Njord Kane

Definitively tracing the evolution and history of the Maya civilization from the arrival of migrating 'first peoples' to the end of the Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican World with the Spanish Conquest in the 16th...

Path of Empire

by Aims McGuinness

Most people in the United States have forgotten that tens of thousands of U.S. citizens migrated westward to California by way of Panama during the California Gold Rush. Decades before the completion of the...


by Turtle Bunbury

Capture the spirit of an industrial, social and cultural revolution through this invigorating collection of historical portraits from the dawn of the industrialised world!

Though it feels like an era marooned...

Stories of Civil War in El Salvador

by Erik Ching

El Salvador's civil war began in 1980 and ended twelve bloody years later. It saw extreme violence on both sides, including the terrorizing and targeting of civilians by death squads, recruitment of child soldiers,...


by Tim Fanning

The epic story of the forgotten Irish men and women who changed the face of Latin America forever.

In the early nineteenth century, thousands of volunteers left Ireland behind to join the fight for South American...

Historical Dictionary of El Salvador

by Orlando J. Pérez

The Historical Dictionary of El Salvador contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 200 cross-referenced entries on important personalities,...

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...