The Epic of Latin America

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University of California Press, 1992 - 961 pages
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Uniquely comprehensive and comparative, praised for its devotion to social and cultural developments as well as politics and economics, The Epic of Latin America is once again revised and brought up to date, with chapters on the great upheavals of the 1980s. The book received the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California for outstanding literary achievement by a California author and was selected by the American Library Association as one of the "fifty best books of the year."
  

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User Review  - Albert - Goodreads

Don't think this one can be beaten in terms of coverage and readability. Accuracy may be a different matter but still a good starter for further research. Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin Tole - Goodreads

This is no doubt a great brick of a book and as an overview of Latin American development serves the pupose well. It adequately covers the historical development of the countries of Latin America from ... Read full review

Contents

Greeks of the New World
1
Children of the Sun
22
The ToltecAztec Culture
45
The New World Meets the Old Worlds Cross and Sword
64
The Halls of Montezuma
71
Pizarros Exploits in the Empire of the Sun
92
The Conquest of Chile
107
Colombia Yields to the Knight of El Dorado
116
Paraguay as a Symbol of Perpetual Despotism
558
The Spirit of Argentine Nationality
565
THE GAUCHO
568
Tyrant of the Argentine
580
Civilian President
599
The Paraguayan War
604
Venezuela and Colombia under Caudillo Rule
608
The Andean Republics
623

Conquest of the River Plate
127
Land of No Lure
136
Iberians and Indians
146
The Division of Lands and Labor
153
The Empire Consolidated
164
Trade Monopoly and Pirates
177
Flowering of the Missions
191
The Church as Inquisitor and Moral Censor
209
Gold and Silver in Foreign Coffers
216
The Brazilian Colossus Begins to Move Forward
225
Struggle over Possession of the Behemoth
240
After the Banner into the Sertao
249
The Feudal Pattern of Colonial Society
255
Life in the Colonial Towns
264
The Beginnings of Colonial Culture
283
Colonial BellesLettres
296
Architecture and the Fine Arts
308
Rebellion of the Beast Below
319
Chile Emerges behind the Araucanian Frontier
329
Cradle of a Great People
345
Brazilian Plantation Life Yields to the Lure of Gold
381
Abortive Rebellions in South America
398
Revolt of the Classes
414
Liberator of the North
428
Revolution in the South
453
Argentina Parts Company with Spain
463
Protector of Peru
470
The Two Generals Meet at Guayaquil
480
The Cry from Dolores
494
Men of Destiny
508
Brazil Escapes the Chaos of Revolution
515
The Democratic Emperor of Brazil
531
A THEOCRACY
626
SOCIETY OF SLAVE AND MASTER
633
Democracy of the Oligarchy
640
Santa Anna Loses Half of Mexico
649
Indian President
660
Bread or the Club
667
Ariel and Caliban
675
Deep Womb Dark Flower
698
The Postwar Years
721
GUATEMALA
750
EL SALVADOR
757
COSTA RICA
760
NICARAGUA
763
HONDURAS
769
PANAMA
772
CUBA
777
VENEZUELA
792
COLOMBIA
799
ECUADOR
806
PERU
811
BOLIVIA
823
CHILE
831
ARGENTINA
841
PARAGUAY AND URUGUAY
855
BRAZIL
862
The Contemporary Scene
881
InterAmerican Relations Today
901
REFERENCES
921
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
930
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
933
INDEX
935
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John A. Crow is Professor Emeritus of Spanish at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of many books on Spain, Latin America, Italy, and Greece. Spain: The Root and the Flower, now in its third edition (California 1985), is a classic study of Spain's cultural history and people.

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