A particular virtue of the texts chosen is that they not only describe Bogota, Lima, and Buenos Aires, but give us a window into the thinking of contemporary observers as to the complex meaning of urban life-as both an avatar of modernization, and as modern dystopia. (Eric Van Young, University of California, San Diego)
About the Author
Gilbert M. Joseph is Farnam Professor of History and International Studies at Yale University. He is the editor of Reclaiming the Political in Latin American History: Essays from the North and a coeditor of The Mexico Reader; Fragments of a Golden Age; Crime and Punishment in Latin America; Close Encounters of Empire; and Everyday Forms of State Formation, all also published by Duke University Press. Daniela Spenser is Senior Research Professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social in Mexico City. She is the author of The Impossible Triangle: Mexico, Soviet Russia, and the United States in the 1920s, also published by Duke University Press.
Mark D. Szuchman is Professor of History at Florida International University.