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Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Porfirian Mexico and the Cultural Politics of Empire

by Jason Ruiz

When railroads connected the United States and Mexico in 1884 and overland travel between the two countries became easier and cheaper, Americans developed an intense curiosity about Mexico, its people, and its...


Maya after War: Conflict, Power, and Politics in Guatemala

by Jennifer L. Burrell

Guatemala's thirty-six-year civil war culminated in peace accords in 1996, but the postwar transition has been marked by continued violence, including lynchings and the rise of gangs, as well as massive wage-labor...


Village of the Ghost Bells: A Novel

by Edla Van Steen & David George

In the village of the ghost bells, the church chimes ring-even though the church has no bells. One of the neighbors wants to buy dreams-or is she a dream that someone else is dreaming? Where and why do dreams...


Memories of Lazarus

by Adonias Filho & Fred P. Ellison

These are the recollections of Alexandre-of his life, his death-in-life, and his ultimate death, as they are played out against the mobile tapestry of the valley where he was born. The valley itself, in the...


Cumboto

by Ramón|Upton, John Díaz Sánchez

This richly orchestrated novel, which won a national literary prize in the author's native land, Venezuela, also earned international recognition when the William Faulkner Foundation gave it an award as the...


The Family Jewels: The CIA, Secrecy, and Presidential Power

by John Prados

In December 1974, a front-page story in the New York Times revealed the explosive details of illegal domestic spying by the Central Intelligence Agency. This included political surveillance, eavesdropping, detention,...


Food for the Few: Neoliberal Globalism and Biotechnology in Latin America

by Gerardo Otero

Recent decades have seen tremendous changes in Latin America's agricultural sector, resulting from a broad program of liberalization instigated under pressure from the United States, the IMF, and the World Bank....


Postcards from the Rio Bravo Border: Picturing the Place, Placing the Picture, 1900s-1950s

by Daniel D. Arreola

Between 1900 and the late 1950s, Mexican border towns came of age both as tourist destinations and as emerging cities. Commercial photographers produced thousands of images of their streets, plazas, historic...


Branding Texas: Performing Culture in the Lone Star State

by Leigh Clemons

Ask anyone to name an archetypal Texan, and you're likely to get a larger-than-life character from film or television (say John Wayne's Davy Crockett or J. R. Ewing of TV's Dallas) or a politician with that...


Preparing the Mothers of Tomorrow: Education and Islam in Mandate Palestine

by Ela Greenberg

From the late nineteenth century onward, men and women throughout the Middle East discussed, debated, and negotiated the roles of young girls and women in producing modern nations. In Palestine, girls' education...


Duchess of Palms: A Memoir

by Nadine Eckhardt

Child of the Great Depression, teenage "Duchess of Palms" beauty queen, wife of an acclaimed novelist and later of a brilliant U.S. congressman, and ultimately a successful single working woman and mother, Nadine...


Mystic Cults in Magna Graecia

by Giovanni Casadio & Patricia A. Johnston

In Vergil's Aeneid, the poet implies that those who have been initiated into mystery cults enjoy a blessed situation both in life and after death. This collection of essays brings new insight to the study of...


The Texas Book Two: More Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University

by David Dettmer

In every corner of the sprawling enterprise that is the University of Texas at Austin, you will find teaching, research, artistic creation, and sports achievement that are among the best in the world. Mandated...


Ancient Origins of the Mexican Plaza: From Primordial Sea to Public Space

by Logan Wagner, Hal Box & Susan Kline Morehead

The plaza has been a defining feature of Mexican urban architecture and culture for at least 4,000 years. Ancient Mesoamericans conducted most of their communal life in outdoor public spaces, and today the plaza...


Americans All: Good Neighbor Cultural Diplomacy in World War II

by Darlene J. Sadlier

Cultural diplomacy-"winning hearts and minds" through positive portrayals of the American way of life-is a key element in U.S. foreign policy, although it often takes a backseat to displays of military might....


Conspiracy Theory in Latin Literature

by Victoria Pagan & Mark Fenster

Conspiracy theory as a theoretical framework has emerged only in the last twenty years; commentators are finding it a productive way to explain the actions and thoughts of individuals and societies. In this...


Israeli and Palestinian Postcards: Presentations of National Self

by Tim Jon Semmerling

Searing images of suicide bombings and retaliatory strikes now define the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for many Westerners, but television and print media are not the only visual realms in which the conflict...


Mayan Voices for Human Rights: Displaced Catholics in Highland Chiapas

by Christine Kovic

In the last decades of the twentieth century, thousands of Mayas were expelled, often violently, from their homes in San Juan Chamula and other highland communities in Chiapas, Mexico, by fellow Mayas allied...


Gay as a Grig: Memories of a North Texas Girlhood

by Ellen Bowie Holland

Ellen Bowie Holland grew up in a house at Weatherford, Texas, that had the "motherly look of a large and gallant hen hovering over too many chicks" and that was inhabited by a "lively, warm-hearted family."...


The British Soldier in America: A Social History of Military Life in the Revolutionary Period

by Sylvia R. Frey

In her investigation of the social history of the common British soldier in the era of the American Revolution, Sylvia Frey has extensively surveyed recruiting records, contemporary training manuals, statutes,...