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Authoritative yet accessible, the four-volume Encyclopedia of Latin America covers the history and culture of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean from early settlements to the present day. Each volume focuses on a specific time period in the area's development. The first volume explores prehistory through the achievements of the Incas in the 16th century, and the second volume covers the arrival of the Spanish, colonization, and independence movements until the 1820s. Volume III examines Latin America's search for its own identity from the middle of the 19th century to the start of the 20th, and the fourth volume focuses on Latin America as it asserts itself in international politics, experiences the effects of globalization, and becomes an influential area worldwide, from the 20th century through the present day.
Volumes offer in-depth, heavily cross-referenced A-to-Z entries, drawing readers into the histories of ancient civilizations, colonization, celebrated independence leaders, national and regional political debates, and the daily lives and achievements of the many peoples who have occupied the area. Each volume begins with an introduction to the time period, followed by a detailed chronology. A collection of primary source documents at the end of each volume gives a firsthand account of the major developments of the era. A glossary, bibliography, and index in each volume, a cumulative index in Volume IV, and 250 black-and-white images and maps round out this attractive and reliable resource on Latin America.
Volume I: Amerindians through Foreign Colonization (Prehistory to 1560)
Volume II: From Colonies to Independent Nations (1550s to 1820s)
Volume III: Search for National Identity (1820s to 1900)
Volume IV: The Age of Globalization (1900 to the Present)
Cross-volume entries include:
Indigenous people have played an incredibly important role in the history of the Americas. From their earliest encounters with Europeans, which helped shape the institutions of the colonial period, to recent mobilizations that have toppled regimes and put one of their own into power, the indigenous people of Latin America have profoundly molded political, economic, and social events throughout the region. A History of Indigenous Latin America, for the first time, attempts to tell the indigenous side of the story from the colonial period to the present. Ranging across countries, peoples, and themes, the book moves chronologically from the earliest native encounters with Europeans through themes of conquest, alliance, integration, urbanization, revolt, and many more to show the profound impact the movement and mixing of people has had on the development of Latin American nations and identity. With helpful key words, discussion questions, timelines, and lists of further reading, and bolstered by primary source documents and box features that highlight important people or events, this short text is perfect for anyone seeking to understand the broad picture of indigenous history throughout Latin America.
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