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From geology and biology to cinema and the theatre, this ambitious thematic encyclopedia, unique in scope and style, provides a much needed one-volume account of all aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean. Written by some fifty recognised experts in clear and accessible language for the general reader and copiously illustrated with full colour photographs, it discusses general themes as well as the individual countries in their own right. Ranging from contemporary economic problems, such as the debts of Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, and events of international political importance, such as the revolutions in Cuba and Nicaragua, through surveys of the flora and fauna, and the emergence of first human societies to the traditions of the samba and tango, writers such as Neruda, Borges and Garcia Marquez, and the potent production of the Mexican muralists, the Encyclopedia depicts lands and peoples which have long represented a distant enigma for the outside world but can no longer remain ignored by it.
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This is one of an ongoing series of one-volume encyclopedias on various regions of the world. Previous volumes have been devoted to China (1981), Africa ( LJ 5/1/82), and the Soviet Union (1982). The present volume is edited by three well-known Latin Americanists, with a contributing cast of largely British authors. There are sections on geography, the economy, the people, and politics; but the largest sections describe the region's history and culture. Smaller subsections focus on a wide range of topics, from the wars of Latin America to Latin American science and Caribbean music. Controversial subjects such as the Cuban revolution and the Falklands/Malvinas crisis receive balanced coverage. Suggestions for additional readings (some a bit dated) follow each subsection. Fifty-five maps, a glossary, more than 200 illustrations (some in color), and an excellent index make the volume a pleasure to use. It should prove a boon not only for high school and university students but for the general public as well. Highly recommended. Brian E. Coutts, Rice Univ. Lib., Houston
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Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0521262631