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Beginning with the aftermath of Columbus' arrival, the conquest of Cuba and Hispaniola and the period of the Conquistadors, the author traces the history of Latin America through the heyday of the Spanish and Portuguese empires and the independence struggles of the 19th century, to the difficulties and dilemmas of the independent states today, weaving into the narrative a masterly synthesis of the economic, political and cultural problems and achievements of the region.
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Edwin Williamson is the King Alfonso XIII Chair of Spanish at Oxford University. His other book, Borges: A Life was also published by Penguin.From Library Journal:
Penguin has contributed numerous useful works in its Latin American series, and this comprehensive, historical survey of the region is no exception. Williamson (Univ. of Edinburgh) has accomplished a nearly impossible task: He has produced a lucid, objective interpretation for the nonspecialist reader. The book is organized topically, rather than by country, and the author wisely selected regional examples of his major themes, rather than attempting a detailed analysis of each country. The work ends with an unusual exploration of literature and culture in relation to identity and modernization, followed by a helpful bibliographic essay. Highly recommended for most libraries.
- Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans, La.
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Book Description Viking Adult, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110713990767
Book Description Viking Adult, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0713990767