Latin American History

Latin America

Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. The 20 republics are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The term Latin America is also used to include Puerto Rico, the French West Indies, and other islands of the West Indies where a Romance tongue is spoken. Occasionally the term is used to include Belize, Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname.

See H. M. Bailey and A. P. Nasatir, Latin America: The Development of its Civilization (3d ed. 1973); J. K. Black, Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise (1984); J. W. Hopkins, ed., Latin America: Perspectives on a Region (1987); B. Keen, A History of Latin America (1988); A. Gilbert, Latin America (1990); E. A. Cardoso and A. Helwege, Latin America's Economy: Diversity, Trends, and Conflicts (1992); J. A. Crow, The Epic of Latin America (1992); E. Williamson, The Penguin History of Latin America (1992).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Americanos: Latin America's Struggle for Independence
John Charles Chasteen.
Oxford University Press, 2008
Between Tyranny and Anarchy: A History of Democracy in Latin America, 1800-2006
Paul W. Drake.
Stanford University Press, 2009
Latin American Civilization: History and Society, 1492 to the Present
Benjamin Keen.
Westview Press, 2000 (7th edition)
Latin America: Development and Conflict since 1945
John Ward.
Routledge, 1997
Colonial Lives: Documents on Latin American History, 1550-1850
Richard Boyer; Geoffrey Spurling.
Oxford University Press, 2000
The Middle Period in Latin America: Values and Attitudes in the 17th-19th Centuries
Mark D. Szuchman.
Lynne Rienner, 1989
Essays in the Intellectual History of Colonial Latin America
Benjamin Keen.
Westview Press, 1998
Latin America, Its Problems and Its Promise: A Multidisciplinary Introduction
Jan Knippers Black.
Westview Press, 1998 (3rd edition)
Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000
George Reid Andrews.
Oxford University Press, 2004
Studies in the History of Latin American Economic Thought
Oreste Popescu.
Routledge, 1997
A Political Geography of Latin America
Jonathan R. Barton.
Routledge, 1997
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