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Threatening Others: Nicaraguans and the Formation of National Identities in Costa Rica

by Carlos Sandoval-García

During the last two decades, a decline in public investment has undermined some of the national values and institutions of Costa Rica. The resulting sense of dislocation and loss is usually projected onto Nicaraguan...


Pachakutik and the Rise and Decline of the Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement

by Kenneth J. Mijeski & Scott H. Beck

The mobilization of militant indigenous politics is one of the most important stories in Latin American studies today. In this critical work, Kenneth J. Mijeski and Scott H. Beck examine the rise and decline...


When Sugar Ruled: Economy and Society in Northwestern Argentina, Tucumán, 1876-1916

by Patricia Juarez–Dappe

Two tropical commodities-coffee and sugar-dominated Latin American export economies in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. When Sugar Ruled: Economy and Society in Northwestern Argentina, Tucumán,...


Peasants in Arms: War and Peace in the Mountains of Nicaragua, 1979-1994

by Lynn Horton

Drawing on testimonies from contra collaborators and ex-combatants, as well as pro-Sandinista peasants, this book presents a dynamic account of the growing divisions between peasants from the area of Quilalí...


A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution under Raúl Castro

by Philip Brenner, Marguerite Rose Jiménez, John M. Kirk & William M. LeoGrande

This completely revised and updated edition focuses on Cuba since Raúl Castro took over the country’s leadership in 2006. A Contemporary Cuba Reader brings together the best recent scholarship and writing...


The Kalamata Diary: Greece, War, and Emigration

by Eduardo Faingold

From October 28, 1940 until February of 1947, Sotiria Salivaras provided a unique eye-witness account of life in Kalamata, Greece before, during, and after World War II through her meticulous diary entries....


Pachakutik: Indigenous Movements and Electoral Politics in Ecuador

by Marc Becker

This authoritative book provides a deeply informed overview of contemporary Indigenous movements in Ecuador. Leading scholar Marc Becker traces the growing influence of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities...


SOS Venezuela: Disillusioned in the Age of Chavez

by Gabriel Mata Guzmán & Mango Media

A group of Venezuelans interested in politics experience a transformation as their views and lives start to restructure. This shifting of ideologies, a result of fourteen years of Bolivarian Revolution, is only...


Colombia and World War I: The Experience of a Neutral Latin American Nation during the Great War and Its Aftermath, 1914-1921

by Jane M. Rausch

This book offers an overview of the foreign and domestic policies of the administrations of José Vicente Concha (1914–1918) and Marco Fidel Suarez (1918–1923). It reveals that despite Colombia’s neutrality,...


Brazil in Twenty-First Century Popular Media: Culture, Politics, and Nationalism on the World Stage

by Naomi Pueo Wood, Cacilda Rêgo, Carolina Rocha & Leonardo Custódio et al.

This volume situates the field of Brazilian studies firmly in the twenty-first century as the nation confronts growing social discontent and global intrigue in light of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament....


The Economic Aspect of the Abolition of the West Indian Slave Trade and Slavery

by Eric Williams, Dale W. Tomich & William Darity Jr.

Slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution in England. Plantation owners, shipbuilders, and merchants connected with the slave trade accumulated vast fortunes that established banks and heavy industry...


An Aztec Herbal: The Classic Codex of 1552

by William Gates

16th-century codex was first herbal and medical text compiled in the New World, with ancient remedies for everything from hiccoughs to gout. Index. New Introduction. Over 180 black-and-white and 38 color illustrations....


Guiana and the Shadows of Empire: Colonial and Cultural Negotiations at the Edge of the World

by Joshua R. Hyles

This text is the first in many years to address the histories and cultures of Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana in a single regional volume, exploring their colorful pasts and explaining the vast cultural...


Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love: The Arpillera Movement in Chile

by Marjorie Agosin & Isabel Allende

This new edition of Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love, updated for students, includes a reaction to the death of General Pinochet, a chronology of Chile, many testimonies from arpilleristas in their own words,...


Without Fidel

by Ann Louise Bardach

From the award-winning reporter and go-to source on Cuban-Miami politics Ann Louise Bardach comes a riveting, eye-opening account of the last chapter in the life of Fidel Castro: his near death and marathon...


Reconstructing Criminality in Latin America

by Carlos A. Aguirre & Robert Buffington

The only reader currently available on criminality in Latin America, Reconstructing Criminality in Latin America reconstructs the way in which different Latin American societies have viewed, described, defined,...


Lima Barreto: New Critical Perspectives

by Daniel F. Silva, Lamonte Aidoo, Robert Anderson & Lilia Moritz Schwarcz et al.

This is the first volume of critical essays in English on the much-studied Lima Barreto. Each chapter explores not only his life and vast body of work but also the historical and societal conditions in which...


Princess Isabel of Brazil: Gender and Power in the Nineteenth Century

by Roderick J. Barman

As the elder daughter of an emperor whose wife had presented him with no sons, Isabel stood to inherit the monarchy of Brazil with the passing of Dom Pedro II. On three separate occasions, Isabel was named regent,...


Border Crossings: Mexican and Mexican-American workers

by John Mason Hart

The history of Mexican and Mexican-American working classes has been segregated by the political boundary that separates the United States of America from the United States of Mexico. As a result, scholars have...


A History of Modern Brazil: The Past Against the Future

by Colin M. MacLachlan

Over time, Brazil has evolved into a well-defined nation with a strong sense of identity. From the natural beauty of the Amazon River to the exciting resort city of Rio de Janeiro, from soccer champion Pelé...