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The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures (Palgrave Essential Histories)

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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 St. Martin's Griffin
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Molly Gum
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Jun 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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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.
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
If “After 500 years, the control of land (and labor) are no longer central to social and economic development,” is your conclusion to the brutal history of the exploitation of Latin America, not only are you wrong, you support the brutal repression of all opposed to neoliberal policies.

For Eakin, extreme violence by right-wing dictators and juntas is excusable because, after torture and murder have been exhausted, reform usually follows. Violence is bad, Eakin argues, but at least genocidal, il
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
A well-researched if depressingly Eurocentric account of Latin American history. A more thorough and balanced work would have spent more time exploring the interactions between the indigenous, European, and African peoples that Eakin claimed to be the foundational forces behind the shaping of Latin America. Instead we get chapters focusing solely on Europe and European conquerors with little detail on other perspectives and experiences of the development of Latin America. What's present is detai ...more
May 20, 2011 added it
An easily readable compendium on the political, economic and cultural development of Latin America. Focuses on the collision of European, Native American and African influences in the formation of an increasingly divergent region of the world.
May 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A great, comprehensive and comprehensible history of Latin America. Very entertaining.
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Panoramic and probing, insightful and readable. Intellectually sound and politically honest. (And the binding is unbreakable!)
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