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Latin America, history and culture : an encyclopedia for students
Tenenbaum, Barbara A., 1946-
Publication Information:
New York : Scribner's Sons, [1999]

Physical Description:
4 volumes : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
v. 1. Acapulco-Climate -- v. 2. Clothing-Immigration -- v. 3. Imperialism-Platt Amendment -- v. 4. Political-Zimmerman.




Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
F1406 .L38 1999 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
F1406 .L38 1999 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
F1406 .L38 1999 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
F1406 .L38 1999 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This encyclopedia is derived from Scribner's popular Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, and is enriched with new art and coverage of current events and is completely rewritten for a student audience. In A -- Z format, 749 articles are complemented by 60 color and more than 200 black-and-white pictures and maps. Ideally suited to the curriculum, articles cover topics in history, social studies, literature, government, geography, humanities, current events and more. Glossary terms are defined right on the page, and sidebars highlight interesting facts.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Following the favorable reception of Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture [RBB Jl 96], also edited by Tenenbaum, the publisher felt that a similar work for students would be popular. Because this set is both handsome and useful, it should be equally well received. Contributors include many distinguished Latin Americanists, and the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and the Organization of American States were also consulted. Volume 1 has a detailed table of contents, including lists of maps, charts, and color plates as well as a list of all the articles in each volume. Each volume has a time line that covers the pre-Columbian period to the handover of the Panama Canal in 1999. A narrow column in the time line gives the birth and death dates of historical figures. Articles are in alphabetical order and range from a few paragraphs for individuals to several pages for countries or larger themes like Agriculture or Slave trade. Pages are in a two-column format with a wider column containing text and a narrower column containing sidebars, definitions of terms, or references to illustrations. There are cross-references within articles, and each volume indexes all four volumes. Topics range across all facets of history and culture. Artistic and literary individuals (e.g., Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Pablo Neruda, Diego Rivera) are well covered, as are political figures, famous and infamous. Indigenous peoples are also covered. Aspects of daily life are surveyed in articles such as Food and drink; in addition, some items like maize and chilies have their own articles. Wars, revolutions, and conquests have their articles, as do sports, arts and crafts, and economics. The books are sturdily bound and lie flat for reading or photocopying. The maps and charts and most of the line drawings should copy well. Layout is good with clear typefaces and generous use of white space. The bibliography, which contains titles dated through 1999, might also serve as a useful selection tool. The encyclopedia's price may put it out of the range of smaller libraries, but any library that needs basic coverage of Latin America for a nonspecialist audience will find this useful. Recommended for medium-size to large public libraries and middle-and high-school libraries.