The Contemporary History of Latin America

The Contemporary History of Latin America

Latin America in Translation/En Traducción/Em Tradução

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Book Pages: 456 Illustrations: Published: September 1993

History > Latin American History, Latin American Studies

For a quarter of a century, Tulio Halperín Donghi's Historia Contemporánea de América Latina has been the most influential and widely read general history of Latin America in the Spanish-speaking world. Unparalleled in scope, attentive to the paradoxes of Latin American reality, and known for its fine-grained interpretation, it is now available for the first time in English. Revised and updated by the author, superbly translated, this landmark of Latin American historiography will be accessible to an entirely new readership.
Beginning with a survey of the late colonial landscape, The Contemporary History of Latin America traces the social, economic, and political development of the region to the late twentieth century, with special emphasis on the period since 1930. Chapters are organized chronologically, each beginning with a general description of social and economic developments in Latin America generally, followed by specific attention to political matters in each country. What emerges is a well-rounded and detailed picture of the forces at work throughout Latin American history.
This book will be of great interest to all those seeking a general overview of modern Latin American history, and its distinctive Latin American voice will enhance its significance for all students of Latin American history.


“Halperin provides a sweeping overview that skillfully weaves social, political and economic history into a compelling and accessible narrative reaching from the colonial period to the present. Deeply rooted in original research, an enviable command of the secondary literature, and profound appreciation of the debates among economists over the causes of underdevelopment, this will quickly become the standard work in the field.” — , Foreign Affairs

"If Halperín's book owes its interpretive power and revisionist insights to the perspective and ideas of the economists concerned with the roots of Latin American underdevelopment, it tempers these insights with a historian's broad view of historical change, a wide familiarity with primary documents, and an unrivaled command over available secondary sources." — Charles Berquist, University of Washington, Seattle

"The translation of this classic work is long overdue. Halperín's remarkably skillful at interweaving threads of social, political, and economic history into a coherent whole in a way very few historians can." — Deborah Jakubs, Council on Latin American Studies


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Tulio Halperín Donghi is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

John Charles Chasteen is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Preface vii

Translator's Preface ix

Prologue to the Thirteenth Edition xi

Prologue to the First Edition xiii

I. The Colonial Heritage 1

II. The Crisis of Independence (1810–1825) 42

III. The Early National Period (1825–1850) 74

IV. Emergence of the Neocolonial Order (1850–1880) 115

V. Maturity of the Neocolonial Order (1880–1930) 158

VI. Progress in a Stormy World (1930–1945) 208

VII. New Directions in the Postwar Period (1945–1960) 247

VIII. A Decade of Decisions (1960–1970) 292

IX. Latin America in Our Time 338

Epilogue 401

Bibliographical Essay 407

Index 421
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1374-8 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1356-4
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