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The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures (Palgrave Essential Histories)
This narrative history of Latin America surveys five centuries in less than five hundred pages. The first third of the book moves from the Americas before Columbus to the wars for independence in the early nineteenth century. The construction of new nations and peoples in the nineteenth century forms the middle third, and the final section analyzes economic development,
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
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A decent primer on Latin American history, but the writing style was painful to read. Excessively repetitive and poorly organized. The frequent comments offset in parentheses interrupted the flow of the writing. Additionally, the author's excessive and awkward use of exclamation points made it hard to view the book as a professional work of historical analysis. A good starting point for someone with little to no background knowledge on the subject, but offers little detail beyond basic facts and ...more
A good summary/survey at best of the history of Latin America. Earkin organizes his work chronogolically and by theme, but within each topic the work is poorly organized (chaotic) and is sorely lacking in the number of details. For anyone searching for a general summary or a basic understanding of how Latin (and South) America came to be in their current situations of the twenty-first century, then Earkin's work is worth reading. For anyone searching for a deeper understanding look elsewhere.
This was a fairly easy read, but it took me a long time just because Eakin's style was so repetitive. By the end of the book, I had already read just about everything multiple times since almost every major theme recurs in nearly every chapter. That being said, this was still a helpful overview of a long period of history in a region that is larger than a continent.
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