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Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil

by Edward E. Telles

This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date book on the increasingly important and controversial subject of race relations in Brazil. North American scholars of race relations frequently turn to Brazil for...


Mothers Making Latin America: Gender, Households, and Politics Since 1825

by Erin E. O'Connor

Mothers Making Latin America utilizes a combination of gender scholarship and source material to dispel the belief that women were separated from—or unimportant to—central developments in Latin American...


The Other West: Latin America from Invasion to Globalization

by Marcello Carmagnani & Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

The Other West provides a provocative new interpretation of Latin American history and the region's place in the changing global political economy, from the discovery of America into the twenty-first century....


Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle

by Thomas W. Walker & Christine J. Wade

Succinct and updated history of Nicaragua’s politics and foreign relations, with emphasis on the U.S. influence in shaping Nicaraguan life since the Somoza era and the Sandinista Revolution


Everything You Need to Know About Latino History

by Himilce Novas

The popular primer to Latino life and culture-updated for 2008

Latinos represent the fastest-growing ethnic population in the United States. In an accessible and entertaining question-and-answer format, this...


River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana's Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon

by Buddy Levy

From the acclaimed author of Conquistador comes this thrilling account of one of history’s greatest adventures of discovery. With cinematic immediacy and meticulous attention to historical detail, here is...


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

by Naomi Pueo Wood & Gabriela Antunes

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....


Butterflies Will Burn: Prosecuting Sodomites in Early Modern Spain and Mexico

by Federico Garza Carvajal

As Spain consolidated its Empire in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, discourses about the perfect Spanish man or "Vir" went hand-in-hand with discourses about another kind of man, one who engaged in...


Women's Lives in Colonial Quito: Gender, Law, and Economy in Spanish America

by Kimberly Gauderman

What did it mean to be a woman in colonial Spanish America? Given the many advances in women's rights since the nineteenth century, we might assume that colonial women had few rights and were fully subordinated...


The Colonial Spanish-American City: Urban Life in the Age of Atlantic Capitalism

by Jay Kinsbruner

The colonial Spanish-American city, like its counterpart across the Atlantic, was an outgrowth of commercial enterprise. A center of entrepreneurial activity and wealth, it drew people seeking a better life,...


Guns, Drugs, and Development in Colombia

by Jennifer S. Holmes, Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres & Kevin M. Curtin

For decades, Colombia has contended with a variety of highly publicized conflicts, including the rise of paramilitary groups in response to rebel insurgencies of the 1960s, the expansion of an illegal drug industry...


Gabriel Garcia Moreno and Conservative State Formation in the Andes

by Peter V. N. Henderson

This book explores the life and times of Ecuador's most controversial politician within the broader context of the new political history, addressing five major themes of nineteenth-century Latin American history:...


The First New Chronicle and Good Government: On the History of the World and the Incas up to 1615

by Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala & Roland Hamilton

One of the most fascinating books on pre-Columbian and early colonial Peru was written by a Peruvian Indian named Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala. This book, The First New Chronicle and Good Government, covers pre-Inca...


Fernández de Oviedo's Chronicle of America: A New History for a New World

by Kathleen Ann Myers & Nina M. Scott

Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo (1478-1557) wrote the first comprehensive history of Spanish America, the Historia general y natural de las Indias, a sprawling, constantly revised work in which Oviedo attempted...


Maya Intellectual Renaissance: Identity, Representation, and Leadership

by Victor D. Montejo

When Mayan leaders protested the celebration of the Quincentenary of the "discovery" of America and joined with other indigenous groups in the Americas to proclaim an alternate celebration of 500 years of resistance,...


When States Kill: Latin America, the U.S., and Technologies of Terror

by Cecilia Menjívar & Néstor Rodríguez

Since the early twentieth century, technological transfers from the United States to Latin American countries have involved technologies of violence for social control. As the chapters in this book illustrate,...


Remembering the Hacienda: Religion, Authority, and Social Change in Highland Ecuador

by Barry J. Lyons

From the colonial period through the mid-twentieth century, haciendas dominated the Latin American countryside. In the Ecuadorian Andes, Runa-Quichua-speaking indigenous people-worked on these large agrarian...


Argentina's "Dirty War": An Intellectual Biography

by Donald C. Hodges

Argentines ask how their ultracivilized country, reputedly the most European in Latin America, could have relapsed into near-barbarism in the 1970s. This enlightening study seeks to answer that question by reviewing...


The History of the Incas

by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, Brian S. Bauer & Vania Smith

The History of the Incas may be the best description of Inca life and mythology to survive Spanish colonization of Peru. Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, a well-educated sea captain and cosmographer of the viceroyalty,...


Vital Enemies: Slavery, Predation, and the Amerindian Political Economy of Life

by Fernando Santos-Granero

Analyzing slavery and other forms of servitude in six non-state indigenous societies of tropical America at the time of European contact, Vital Enemies offers a fascinating new approach to the study of slavery...