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Latin America since 1930. Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
Bethell, Leslie.
Publication Information:
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
xiv, 775 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Mexico, c. 1930-46 / Alan Knight -- Mexico since 1946 / Peter H. Smith -- Central America since 1930: an overview / Edelberto Torres Rivas -- Guatemala since 1930 / James Dunkerley -- El Salvador since 1930 / James Dunkerley -- Honduras since 1930 / Victor Bulmer-Thomas -- Nicaragua since 1930 / Victor Bulmer-Thomas -- Costa Rica since 1930 / Rodolfo Cerdas Cruz -- Cuba, c. 1930-59 / Louis A. Perez -- Cuba since 1959 / Jorge Dominguez -- The Dominican Republic since 1930 / Frank Moya Pons -- Haiti since 1930 / David Nicholls -- Puerto Rico since 1940 / Robert W. Anderson --Panama since

1903 / Michael Conniff -- The Panama canal zone, 1904-79 / John Major.
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F1410 .C1834 1984 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This seventh volume of The Cambridge History of Latin America consists of the separate histories of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and Panama. Part I covers in depth the history of Mexico. Part II deals with the five countries of Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Part III covers Cuba, including the Revolution, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. The fourth and final section is devoted to Panama, with a separate chapter discussing the history of the Canal Zone up to 1979.

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Choice Review

This volume is one of four of The Cambridge History to treat the period from about 1930 to the late 1980s. Its contemporary nature is a potential problem because of the lack of historical perspective and the unavailability of some relevant sources. The work as a whole has the same strengths and weaknesses as other similar Cambridge series: outstanding expertise of the individual chapter authors and unevenness of presentation. Mexico, in two chapters, is allotted 150 of a total 670 pages of text. Each Central American country has a separate chapter. In the Caribbean, only Cuba (2 chapters, 89 pages), the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico are treated. Considering the daunting task of compressing the essentials of more than 50 years of the history of several countries into a relatively few pages, and still make it readable, the volume succeeds. Maps, charts, bibliographical essays, and footnotes are all welcome. A valuable reference tool and a must for university libraries. -R. J. Knowlton, University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point