Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe

A journal that focuses on Latin American history and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Vol. 30, No. 2, July

Latin American Media & the State: Beyond the Old Symbiosis
Introduction Observers of Latin America have long regarded the pervasive relationship between the region's governments and its privately owned media, especially its TV-based conglomerates and its often oficialista newspapers, as one of accommodation...
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Spoilers of the Peace: Elites and the News Media in El Salvador (1992-2019)
Introduction During several decades of socio-economic and political exclusion under El Salvador's ruling oligarchy-military alliance, periodic cycles of protest were brutally crushed. (1) The impossibility of transforming El Salvador peacefully...
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Leading Newspapers in Brazil as Political Actors (1994-Present)
Introduction The intricate relations between the state and mainstream print news media in Brazil have mirrored the country's mercurial path to full democracy. Once Brazil recovered from a lengthy military rule that imposed heavy censorship on the...
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The Impact of the English-Language Press in Mexico
There was something faintly surreal about sitting in my home in Mexico City in June 2012 and watching the anchor of the main nightly news show on Milenio TV tear into my credibility. "The Guardian has no source!" he said. I remember him repeating the...
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Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia
A. RICARDO LOPEZ PEDREROS, Makers of Democracy:A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2019. This monograph forms part of Duke University Press's "Radical Perspectives" series, edited...
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Coracao Civil. A Vida Cultural Brasileira Sob O Regime Militar (1964-1985)
MARCOS NAPOLITANO, Coracao Civil. A vida cultural brasileira sob o regime militar (1964-1985). Sao Paulo: Intermeios, 2017. Near its conclusion, Marcos Napolitano's impressive new work elegantly articulates a peculiar problem, one with which many...
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La Justicia Peronista. la Construccion De Un Nuevo Orden Legal En la Argentina
JUAN MANUEL PALACIO, La justicia peronista. La construction de un nuevo orden legal en la Argentina. Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI, 2018. No other topic in Argentine history has attracted as much attention as Peronism. To this ever-growing scholarly field,...
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Argentina's Missing Bones: Revisiting the History of the Dirty War
JAMES P. BRENNAN, Argentina's Missing Bones: Revisiting the History of the Dirty War. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018. In September 2010, at the XXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in Toronto, I watched...
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Challenging the State: Community Media and Popular Politics in Venezuela
NAOMI SCHILLER, Challenging the State: Community Media and Popular Politics in Venezuela. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2018. In Channeling the State we follow the crew and volunteers of Catia TVe, a community TV channel situated in...
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Potosi: The Silver City That Changed the World
KRIS LANE, Potosi: The Silver City that Changed the World. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019. The recent book, Potosi: the Silver City that Changed the World, by Kris Lane is a valuable contribution to the study and understanding of...
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Vol. 30, No. 1, January

The Mexican Heartland: How Communities Shaped Capitalism, a Nation, and World History, 1500-2000
JOHN TUTINO, THE MEXICAN HEARTLAND: How Communities Shaped Capitalism, a Nation, and World History, 1500-2000. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. In this book John Tutino presents a broad interpretation of Mexican history from the time...
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WATERING THE REVOLUTION: An Environmental and Technological History of Agrarian Reform in Mexico
MIKAEL D. WOLFE, WATERING THE REVOLUTION: An Environmental and Technological History of Agrarian Reform in Mexico. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017. Mikael D. Wolfe's book is an original, enviro-technical account of the La Laguna project...
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SLAVERY UNSEEN: Sex, Power, and Violence in Brazilian History
LAMONTE AIDOO, SLAVERY UNSEEN: Sex, Power, and Violence in Brazilian History. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2018. Lamonte Aidoo's goal in Slavery Unseen is to "read the story of Brazilian slavery against the silence, contradictions,...
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The People of the River: Nature and Identity in Black Amazonia
OSCAR DE LA TORRE, The People of the River: Nature and Identity in Black Amazonia, 1835-1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. Oscar de la Torre's The People of the River tells the story of black communities in Para, northern...
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Politics in Uniform: Military Officers and Dictatorship in Brazil, 1960-1980
MAUD CHIRIO, Politics in Uniform: Military Officers and Dictatorship in Brazil, 1960-1980. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018. While the coup that toppled the government of Joao Goulart in 1964 has been studied by a variety of scholars,...
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Making Machu Picchu: The Politics of Tourism in Twentieth-Century Peru
MARK RICE, Making Machu Picchu: The Politics of Tourism in Twentieth-Century Peru. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. The iconic archaeological site of Machu Picchu and tourism to the Cusco region provide clarifying lenses through...
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The FBI in Latin America: The Ecuador Files
MARC BECKER, The FBI in Latin America: The Ecuador Files. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017. In his fine new book, Marc Becker has turned his lifelong study of social movements in Ecuador to the task of explaining the presence of the...
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Vernacular Latin Americanisms: War, the Market, and the Making of a Discipline
FERNDANDO DEGIOVANNI, Vernacular Latin Americanisms: War, the Market, and the Making of a Discipline. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press, 2019. This book sets out to explore the emergence of Latin American literature as a field between 1900...
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Splendor, Decline, and Rediscovery of Yiddish in Latin America
MALENA CHINSKI & ALAN ASTRO (eds.), Splendor, Decline, and Rediscovery of Yiddish in Latin America. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018. A photograph on this book's cover of a store sign in Buenos Aires--"Bilik vi Borsh" [cheap as borscht]--captures...
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Tropical Riffs: Latin America and the Politics of Jazz
JASON BORGE, Tropical Riffs: Latin America and the Politics of Jazz. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2018. This book's engaging cover features an image of Chano Pozo, one of the founders of Latin jazz, dressed in a US/European-style, fully...
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Exile within Exiles: Herbert Daniel, Gay Brazilian Revolutionary
JAMES N. GREEN, Exile within Exiles: Herbert Daniel, Gay Brazilian Revolutionary. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2018. Writing a biography is a complex and very delicate task, especially when it also involves a historiographical treatment,...
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Promiscuous Power: An Unorthodox History of New Spain
MARTIN NESVIG, Promiscuous Power: An Unorthodox History of New Spain. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. In an aptly Rabelaisian, dense, and intellectually rigorous new book, Martin Nesvig delves deeply and irrepressibly into the annals of...
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Vol. 29, No. 2, July

Catholicism, Politics, and Society in Modern Latin America
Introduction In 1835, the French liberal economist Michel Chevalier returned home after several years spent travelling across the United States. In his reflections on US society and economy, as well as the history of the Americas in general, Chevalier...
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An Indigenous Leader and His Missionaries: A Biographical Account of the Salesian Mission of Puerto Casado, Paraguay, in the Twentieth Century
I met Rene Ramirez for the first time in 2004, in Pueblito Indio Livio Farina, the indigenous neighborhood of the town of Puerto Casado. Puerto Casado, located on the eastern edge of the Paraguayan Chaco, on the bank of the Paraguay River, was founded...
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The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in Guatemala: Issues of Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Transformation
1. Introduction Recent decades have seen large internal diversification within Catholicism and an explosion of Catholic movements and faith initiatives. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR)--now by far the largest lay movement of the Catholic...
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Vol. 29, No. 1, January

Who Killed the Mexican Film Industry? the Decline of the Golden Age, 1946-1960
Recent years have registered a boom in Mexican cinema, but comparisons to the Golden Age of the 1940s and 50s, when local films accounted for close to half of all tickets sold, fall significantly short. (1) In 2015, Mexico logged an output of 140 features,...
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TOMAS PEREZ VEJO Y PABLO YANKELEVICH (COORDS.): Raza Y Politica En Hispanoamerica
TOMAS PEREZ VEJO Y PABLO YANKELEVICH (COORDS.): Raza y politica en Hispanoamerica. Ciudad de Mexico: El Colegio de Mexico / Bonilla Artigas, 2016. This is a welcome addition to the Spanish-language literature on the history of the intersections...
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BARBARA WEINSTEIN: The Color of Modernity: Sao Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil
BARBARA WEINSTEIN: The Color of Modernity: Sao Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2015 Em The Color of Modernity--Sao Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil, Barbara Weinstein...
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ERNESTO BASSI: An Aqueous Territory: Sailor Geographies and New Granada's Transimperial Greater Caribbean World
ERNESTO BASSI: An Aqueous Territory: Sailor Geographies and New Granada's Transimperial Greater Caribbean World. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2016. As implied in this book's title, Ernesto Bassi explores how the sea functions as a nucleus...
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Vol. 28, No. 2, July

Revolutionary Transnationalism in Historical Perspective: Militant Networks in the Americas in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
Introduction: Writing the History of Revolutionary Transnationalism and Militant Networks in the Americas It is difficult to think of any Latin American revolutionary movement in the latter half of the twentieth century that was not a product of...
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Southern Cone Cities as Political Laboratories of the Global Sixties: Montevideo (1962-1968); Santiago De Chile (1969-1973); Buenos Aires (1973-1976)
What was the importance of the Southern Cone in the global sixties? Predominant narratives of this period have given it a peripheral role. By following diffusionist perspectives, most approaches considered the region an empty space that only received...
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GEORGE F. FLAHERTY: Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the '68 Movement
GEORGE F. FLAHERTY: Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the '68 Movement. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016 This is an ambitious book that seeks to reevaluate the experiential context of the 1968 Student Movement in Mexico City and its "afterlives"...
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ORI PREUSS: Transnational South America: Experiences, Ideas, and Identities, 1860s-1900s
ORI PREUSS: Transnational South America: Experiences, Ideas, and Identities, 1860s-1900s. New York and London: Routledge, 2016 In Transnational South America: Experiences, Ideas, and Identities, 1860s-1900s, Ori Preuss, a historian of Latin America...
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ULRICH OSLENDER: The Geographies of Social Movements: Afro-Colombian Mobilization and the Aquatic Space
ULRICH OSLENDER: The Geographies of Social Movements: Afro-Colombian Mobilization and the Aquatic Space. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2016 Oslender draws on two decades of research in the southern part of Colombia's Pacific littoral,...
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RAANAN REIN, STEFAN RINKE, AND NADIA ZYSMAN (EDS.): The New Ethnic Studies in Latin America
RAANAN REIN, STEFAN RINKE, AND NADIA ZYSMAN (EDS.): The New Ethnic Studies in Latin America. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2017 The book under review is a call for and an examination of the recognition of the complexity of ethnic identification in Latin...
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Vol. 28, No. 1, January

ROBERT M. BUFFINGTON: A Sentimental Education for the Working Man: The Mexico City Penny Press, 1900-1910
ROBERT M. BUFFINGTON: A Sentimental Education for the Working Man: The Mexico City Penny Press, 1900-1910. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. It is painfully difficult to write about working class folk in any time or at any place. Mexico is no...
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JOHN F. COLLINS: Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian Racial Democracy
JOHN F. COLLINS: Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian Racial Democracy. Durham: Duke University Press. 2015. This is a book about transformation, loss, redemption, race, history, urban space, nation, state, citizenry,...
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SARAH CHAMBERS: Families in War and Peace: Chile from Colony to Nation
SARAH CHAMBERS: Families in War and Peace: Chile from Colony to Nation. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. Families in War and Peace provides an intriguing, exhaustive, and analytically rigorous account of the tumult of independence and the early...
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RAANAN REIN AND DAVID M.K. SHEININ: Muscling in on New Worlds: Jews, Sport, and the Making of the Americas
RAANAN REIN AND DAVID M.K. SHEININ: Muscling in on New Worlds: Jews, Sport, and the Making of the Americas. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Raanan Rein and David Sheinin's wide-ranging edited volume Muscling in on New Worlds: Jews, Sport, and the Making of...
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