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The Ecuador Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The Latin America Readers) Hardcover – January 16, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: The Latin America Readers
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (January 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822343525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822343523
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,260,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Ecuador Reader is a gateway for understanding the volatile and intriguing history of this complex, multicultural land. From José María Velasco Ibarra’s fiery populism to the politics of a contemporary beauty pageant, the book captures the rich diversity of the country’s past and present. It is a major contribution to the study of the Andean world.”—Catherine M. Conaghan, Queen’s University


The Ecuador Reader offers an intriguing glimpse of the diverse voices and perspectives through which Ecuadorians have engaged the social, political, and cultural challenges of crafting a modern nation. Compiled by two of the leading scholars of Ecuadorian cultural and political thought, the essays in this volume provide testimony to the diversity and creativity of the intellectuals, organizations, communities, and individuals who people Ecuadorian history. The discussions of identity, ethnicity, colonialism, development, culture, and the state found in these pages offer a unique starting point for exploring Ecuador’s historical path from being a colony on the edges of the Inca and Spanish empires to becoming a central player in modern Latin American political debates.”—Deborah Poole, Johns Hopkins University

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"The Ecuador Reader offers an intriguing glimpse of the diverse voices and perspectives through which Ecuadorians have engaged the social, political, and cultural challenges of crafting a modern nation. Compiled by two of the leading scholars of Ecuadorian cultural and political thought, the essays in this volume provide testimony to the diversity and creativity of the intellectuals, organizations, communities, and individuals who people Ecuadorian history. The discussions of identity, ethnicity, colonialism, development, culture, and the state found in these pages offer a unique starting point for exploring Ecuador's historical path from a colony on the edges of the Inca and Spanish Empires, to central player in modern Latin American political debates."--Deborah Poole, Johns Hopkins University --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Typically, history books can be very boring and difficult to read and complete.
jim's travels
The book covers indigenous issues, afro-ecuadorian history, poetry, fiction, mountaineering, the Panama Hat, the banana and oil booms, and so much more.
Andrea M. Price
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the country.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jenfromalaska on March 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read while I was living/traveling in Ecuador for two months, and it provided many interesting insights into the country's history and politics. The variety of articles is excellent. (Personally I would have wished for a greater weight on contemporary writings, but to each his own.) There are few books in English about Ecuador generally. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the country.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andrea M. Price on February 1, 2010
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From Pre-Colombian history to modern day recipes, this book has it all. Definitely an intellectual read, it covers Ecuardor's people and history in depth. The book covers indigenous issues, afro-ecuadorian history, poetry, fiction, mountaineering, the Panama Hat, the banana and oil booms, and so much more. I felt like I really understood the country as a whole after I read this book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jim's travels on November 17, 2010
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My wife and I like to visit a country for one month at a time. Prior to these trips, I read a book about the history of the country. I have done this many times.

Typically, history books can be very boring and difficult to read and complete. This is an exception. It is not a typical chronological history book, but is a collection of articles about Ecuador and it's history. Articles discuss natives, Incas and the Spanish, Haciendas, agriculture, politics, the Galapagos, women's rights, religion, etc. The articles are written by Ecuadorians, are relatively short and to the point. One nice feature is that if one article is not of interest to you you can skip it and go on to the next without losing continuity.

This is not a book for strict historians. However, if you want to learn a lot about Ecuador, past and present, this is a very good book and will hold your interest.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Abbott on March 2, 2010
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There are few academic books giving an overview of Ecuador. This one does a good job without being too dry. Good for the traveler who wants a deeper understanding, and essential for any student doing advanced cultural studies in the country.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Fortune on June 23, 2009
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This book has a series of excellent articles covering a range of topics on Ecuadorian culture. As a foreign aficionado of Ecuador, I truly appreciated the new insights into Ecuador found in this book. This is not a book that you read through from cover to cover - you read individual chapters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SouthGrandPa on September 9, 2012
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The book thoughtfully covers many topics on Ecuador. My father is very impressed with the book, and he is a very demanding reader as he was born in Ecuador but has been in the United States for more than 50 years. The book sat on the coffee table and my father initially scoffed at it, then became interested and finally admitted that it is a well written and informative book. The book is too detailed for a quick read. I read sections at random, and have yet to be disappointed by the writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ThriftyNifty on January 11, 2013
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I bought this book for my Mother and she said it reawakened her love of anthropology and cultural exploration! She said she read through it in just a couple days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DiLiberto on November 13, 2012
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This is one of the only academic readers I found on Ecuador. It is not a tourist handbook, but rather an academic treatment of Ecuador history and culture.
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