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Threatening Others

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...


When Sugar Ruled

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,...


Legacy of the Lash

by Zachary R. Morgan

Legacy of the Lash is a compelling social and cultural history of the Brazilian navy in the decades preceding and immediately following the 1888 abolition of slavery in Brazil. Focusing on non-elite, mostly...


Colombia and World War I

by Jane M. Rausch

In the horrific conflict of 1914–1918 known first as “The Great War” and later as World War I, Latin American nations were peripheral players. Only after the U.S. entered the fighting in 1917 did eight...


Beyond Civilization and Barbarism

by Brendan Lanctot

Beyond Civilization and Barbarism examines how various cultural forms promoted competing political projects in Argentina during the decades following independence from Spain. This turbulent period has long been...


Guiana and the Shadows of Empire

by Joshua R. Hyles

This book is a history of the three Guianas, now known as Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. Though histories of each of the countries exist, this is the first work in a century to consider the three countries...


Princess Isabel of Brazil

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,...


Francisco Solano López and the Ruination of Paraguay

by James Schofield Saeger

The first serious biography of Francisco Solano López in English for decades, this richly researched book tells the dramatic story of Paraguay's most notorious ruler. Despite the heroic stature he gained after...


Mexico in the 1940s

by Stephen R. Niblo

Attention to Mexico's history after 1940 stands in the shadow of the country's epic revolution of 1910-1923, and historians and scholars tend to bring their focus on Mexican history to a close with the end of...


Doing Business with the Dictators

by Paul J. Dosal

The United Fruit Company (UFCO) developed an unprecedented relationship with Guatemala in the first half of this century. By 1944, UFCO owned 566,000 acres, employed 20,000 people, and operated 96% of Guatemala's...


Revolutionizing Motherhood

by Marguerite Guzman Bouvard

Revolutionizing Motherhood examines one of the most astonishing human rights movements of recent years. During the Argentine junta's Dirty War against subversives, as tens of thousands were abducted, tortured,...


The Banana Wars

by Lester D. Langley

The Banana Wars: United States Intervention in the Caribbean, 1898-1934 offers a sweeping panorama of America's tropical empire in the age spanned by the two Roosevelts and a detailed narrative of U.S. military...


The Redemptive Work

by Kim A. Clark

A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book!

Professor Kim Clark explores a time period and country for which little has been published in English. By studying the dimensions of politics and culture as one, Professor...


Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity

by Jeffrey M. Pilcher

Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity is a revealing probe into the life and times of Mario Moreno, Latin America's most famous film star from the 1940s to the 1970s. This book helps to illuminate the...


Argentine Caudillo

by John Lynch

Argentine Caudillo: Juan Manuel de Rosas, is John Lynch's new edition of his 1981 book, which is now out of print. The original has been shortened, making it well-suited for classroom use.

The figure of Juan...


A Parisian in Brazil

by Adèle Toussaint-Samson & June E. Hahner

This virtually unknown, insightful account by a highly intelligent, observant and forthright Frenchwoman of her decade-long stay in Brazil during the 1850s provides a remarkable firsthand view of a slaveocrat...


Real life in Castro's Cuba

by Catherine Moses

This new book provides a first-hand, grassroots look at life in Cuba, including very vivid descriptions of its people and places. Real Life in Castro's Cuba illuminates the human face of Cuba, which over the...


The Catholic Church and Power Politics in Latin America

Visions of Solidarity

by Clare M. Weber

Visions of Solidarity is currently the only study of peace activist's transformation from an anti-war struggle to an anti-globalization struggle. It explores the power dynamics between citizen activists in the...


Indians, Oil, and Politics

by Allen Gerlach

"It is indispensable that Ecuador has peace, but to have peace you need freedom and to have freedom you need justice. And the Indian population needs justice."-President Gustavo Noboa, January 23, 2000

For five...