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A History of Modern Latin America


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Table of Contents

List of Figures xiii

List of Maps xv

Preface to the Third Edition xvi

Acknowledgments xxi

1 Introduction to the Land and Its People 1

Geography 2

People 2

Economies 6

Politics 8

Culture and Entertainment 13

Latin America: Past and Present 24

2 Latin America in 1790 26

Colonial Background 27

Power and Privilege 31

Wealth 32

Colonial Administration 36

Enlightened Monarchy 38

The Agents of the Reform 39

Disorder and Rebellion 41

Discontent and Disorder in Brazil 43

Changing Gender Roles 44

On the Road to Independence 46

Nationalism and American Culture 46

3 Competing Notions of Freedom 53

Five Roads to Independence 54

African Slavery in the Americas 55

Slavery and the Countryside 60

Slavery in the Cities 60

Treatment and Punishment 62

Slavery and the Church 63

African Medicine and Religious Practices 64

Resistance and Rebellion 65

The Sugar Colony of Saint-Domingue 68

The Slave Revolt 69

The Revolution Betrayed 71

Brazil's Independent Empire 72

Independence in Mexico 74

South American Independence 76


Changes in Racial and Gender Status 79

The Last Holdout of Slavery in Spanish America 81

Latin America in a Changing World Order 83

4 Fragmented Nationalisms 87

Searching for Political and Economic Unity 87

New World Feudalism 89

Post-independence Politics 93

Argentina and the Tyrants 94

Populist Caudillismo: Paraguay and Bolivia 96

After Caudillismo 98

Race, Race Mixture, and Liberalism 100

Gender and Liberalism 103

Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class 105

Nationalism 108

5 Latin America's Place in the Commodity Chain 112

The Guano Boom 113

Nitrates in Chile 115

Sugar and Coffee 116

The Growth of São Paulo 118

Colombian Coffee 120

The Rubber Boom 121

Expanding Exports 123

Mexico and US Expansionism 124

The North American Invasion 126

General López de Santa Anna 128

The New Age of Imperialism 129

Central America and the Panama Canal 130

Ecuador and the "Panama" Hat 132

Independence at Last? Cuba and Puerto Rico 135

6 Immigration, and Urban and Rural Life 142

Asian Immigration 143

European Immigration 144

The Southern Cone 146

Life on the Pampas 148

British Investment 149

The Changing Cultural Landscape 151

Urban Renewal 154

Mexico and Benito Juárez 156

French Invasions 157

The Rise of Porfirio Díaz 158

Intellectual Theories: Positivism and Eugenics 158

7 Revolution from Countryside to City: Mexico 163

The Porfiriato 164

Opposition to the Porfiriato 166

Constitutional Opposition 167

Madero Assassinated 169

US Intervention 170

Women in Combat 171

Carranza as President 172

The Constitution of 1917 174

Aftermath of Struggle 176

Agrarian Revolts in Latin America 177

8 The Left and the Socialist Alternative 182

Socialism on the World Stage 182

Social Reform and the Middle Class 183

Anarchism, Socialism, and Anarcho-syndicalism 184

Women in the Workforce 185

Colombia: Resistance to the United Fruit Company 187

The Labor Movement 188

Socialism and the Arts 190

Tenentes Revolt and Brazilian Communism 192

Modern Art Week in Brazil 193

Women in the Arts 194

Socialism versus Capitalism 196

José Carlos Mariátegui 197

9 Populism and the Struggle for Change 200

Getúlio Vargas and "New State" Politics 202

Juan Perón and Peronism 204

Perón's Fall from Grace 207

Politics Engendered 208

Revolutionizing Mexico: Lázaro Cárdenas 209

Populism in Colombia and Peru 210

Central America 213

The Long Twentieth Century 217

10 Post–World War II Struggles for Sovereignty 220

World War II 220

Temporary Worker Program 222

Post-war Latin America 225

Military versus Civilian Rule 227

The Absolute Dictator: Rafael Trujillo 228

Americas in Transition: Guatemala and Bolivia 232

Guatemala 232

Revolution in Bolivia 235

Mining and the Voice of Bolivian Activism 237

The Revolution in Decline 239

11 Cuba: Guerrillas Take Power 243

"History Will Absolve Me" 245

Causes for Discontent 245

The Revolutionary War 246

Ernesto "Che" Guevara 249

What Difference Did the Revolution Make? 252

The Special Period in Peacetime 254

Democratic Shortcomings 255

The United States Escape Hatch 256

Cuba and the World 257

12 Progress and Reaction 263

Modernization and Progress 263

Brazil's Military Coup 265

The National Security State 266

Latin America's Youth Movement 267

Mexico 268

The Massacre at Tlatelolco 268

The Chilean Road to Socialism 270

The Chilean Road to Socialism Dead Ends 272

Urban Guerrilla Warfare: Uruguay 273

Urban Guerrilla Warfare: Argentina 275

Dictatorship and State Terror 278

Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo 280

The War of the Malvinas/Falkland Islands 281

Movements for Revolutionary Change: Peru 283

Sendero Luminoso, Shining Path 284

Women and Shining Path 286

Repression and Fujimori 287

13 Revolution and Its Alternatives 290

A Changing Catholic Church 291

Marxism and Catholic Humanism 292

The Opposition 294

The Somozas versus Sandino: the Next Generation 295

The Sandinista Opposition 296

Sandinistas in Power 299

United States and the Sandinistas 302

Effects of the Contra War 303

Central America in Turmoil: El Salvador and Guatemala 304

Politics of Repression in El Salvador 305

The Opposition 307

The Fighting Ends 309

Guatemala: The Bloodiest War 310

The Evangelical Alternative 312

Colombia: The Longest War 315

The War on Drugs in Latin America 317

14 The Americas in the Twenty-first Century 322

The Washington Consensus 323

Brazil and the Workers' Alternative 326

The Workers' Party in Power 327

Scandal and Crisis 328

Bolivia: Twenty-first-century Indigenismo 331

Venezuela and the Legacy of Hugo Chávez 333

The Bolivarian Mission 335

The Pink Tide Stalls 337

Chile's Transition to Democracy 338

New Social Movements 340

Movements for Racial and Gender Equality 342

15 A Future of Sustainable Cooperation? 348

Opponents Confront Free Trade 349

The Latin Americanization of the United States 352

Immigration and Neoliberalism 354

Central American Refugees 355

Sharing the Environment and the Cost of Stewardship 358

The Role of the United Nations and International Bodies 358

The History of Resource Exploitation 359

Effects of Deforestation and Climate Change 360

Environmental Activism 362

Cost to Indigenous People 364

Conclusion 366

Notes 368

Further Reading 369

Index 383

About the Author

Teresa A. Meade is Florence B. Sherwood Professor of History and Culture Emerita at Union College, New York. She is the author and editor of many books and articles on Latin American and Caribbean history, especially social movements, issues of gender, and labor history in the 19th and 20th centuries. She is a member of the Editorial Collective of Radical History Review, former president of the Board of Trustees of The Journal of Women's History, and a recipient of grants from Fulbright, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Hadassah Brandeis Institute.

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