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A History of Modern Latin America: 1800 to the Present [Paperback]

Teresa A. Meade
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December 21, 2009 1405120517 978-1405120517
A History of Modern Latin America: 1800 to the Present examines the diverse and interlocking experiences of people of indigenous, African, and European backgrounds from the onset of independence until today.
  • Illustrates and analyzes the major and minor events that shape history, the triumphs and defeats, and the everyday lives of people of varied classes and racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Intersperses accounts of the lives of prominent figures with those of ordinary people
  • Emphasizes gender's role in influencing political and economic change and shaping cultural identity

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"In sum, an engaging text based on recent interpretations that will appeal to those who appreciate a conceptual and topical approach to Latin American history. Recommended. All levels/libraries." (Choice, 1 March 2011)



"Nothing is more important than to communicate up-to-date scholarship to students in a lucid and reasonable manner. It seems to me that [this] textbook is remarkably successful in both these respects."  (British historian, Eric J Hobsbawn, 1 October 2012)

"Teresa Meade’s A History of Modern Latin America brings a new approach to introducing students to the region. Using exciting themes like class, gender, and ethnicity, she compares and contrasts places and peoples, some well known and others less familiar. In doing so Meade makes connections between events that are often ignored, showing readers that history is not simply hero worship and that historians are not simply document readers."
Jeffrey Lesser, Emory University

"Clearly written, conceptually accessible, comprehensive, and broad in scope, Teresa Meade’s text is an excellent alternative for survey courses on Latin America. Meade both reflects recent conceptual innovations in the field, and provides a consistent and comprehensive narrative and periodization. Not only will this text provide a reliable guide for undergraduates, but professors will also find themselves stimulated to rethink their own assumptions about the main issues in the field. I heartily recommend it."
Florencia E. Mallon, Julieta Kirkwood Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"This is the rare history of modern Latin America that does justice to the crucial political and economic trends of the last two centuries while exploring in depth the social and cultural aspects of Latin American societies."
Barbara Weinstein, New York University

Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (December 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405120517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405120517
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Teresa Meade was born in Iowa where she grew up on a farm, along with her eight brothers and sisters. She worked as a nanny, a hospital aid, and a waitress to earn money for college. When she was 19 years old, she left Iowa for Spain and a year of study at the University of Madrid and subsequent months hitchhiking around Europe. After 13 months abroad, she returned to the US with 25 cents in her pocket, a phone number of friends who loaned her money to get to Madison, Wisconsin, and the stamina to stand in line to sign up for classes. Over the next few years she studied, worked, protested injustice and eventually graduated with a degree in history. She worked for a year in Boston, and eventually made her way to Rutgers University where she entered a Ph.D. program in Latin American history. Impressed with the earnest dedication of Professor Peter Eisenberg, she began to study Brazil and eventually earned a Ph.D. Her books include "Civilizing" Rio: Reform and Resistance in a Brazilian City (1997), Science, Medicine and Cultural Imperialism, co-edited (1991), A Companion to Gender History, co-edited (2004), A Brief History of Brazil (2004, 2010) and A History of Modern Latin America (2010). She is married to a US historian, has two children, lives in Albany, NY and teaches at nearby Union College.

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The author possesses superior writing skills; she is precise and includes in it all the relevant information needed for a college level Latin American History course. There is no no academic pedantry in it, so common in most other history textbooks (especially US History college level textbooks that are full of minutia that no one cares about or is relevant in today's world). The textbook is witten in an English reading level that anyone can understand (without the need of an on-line thesaurus or dictionary) and with the relevance and up to date information, as well as with new historical approaches and perspectives that the 21st century education of history demands today. It includes insightful observations and connections regarding the forgotten minorities of most historians when writing about Latin American History and US History: women, Native Americans, Africans, and other racial and ethnic groups in Latin America. This book is 100% recommended by this reviewer and I STRONGLY and RESPECTFULLY recommend and request from the author and the publishing company to IMMEDIATELY translate this into SPANISH so that it can also be used by bilingual (English-Spanish) institutions of higher learning and by all Latinos in the United States and the world interested in learning more about one of the fastest growing regions of the world today. My University is in desperate need of this textbook in the Spanish language. Thank you. Ángel Quiñones-Cuadrado, M.A.(2)
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