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From independence to c. 1870
Bethell, Leslie.
Publication Information:
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Physical Description:
xv, 945 pages : maps. ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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Volume III opens with five chapters which survey the revolutions and wars of independence in Spanish America and the relatively peaceful transition to independence in Brazil during the first quarter of the nineteenth century - after three centuries of Spanish and Portuguese rule. Part Two is devoted to the Caribbean and consists of chapters on Haiti, the former French colony and the first independent Latin American republic, Santo Domingo, the former Spanish colony, and on Cuba, which remained a Spanish colony, from the late eighteenth century to c. 1870. Parts Three and Four, the central core of this volume, examine the economic, social and political history of Latin America during the first half-century after independence. There are two general chapters on post independence Spanish America, followed by chapters on Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, Chile and the River Plate republics, and there are two chapters on the empire of Brazil.

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This work measures up to the standards of solid scholarship that characterize other multivolume Cambridge histories. The international contributors are all reputable specialists and present competent, up-to-date surveys of their respective topics. After five chapters that analyze Latin American independence movements and make up approximately one-fourth of the text, 19th-century developments in the Caribbean, Mexico, Spanish South America, and Brazil are examined. Not only political aspects but also economic, social, intellectual, and cultural themes receive attention. The 19 maps are useful. Bibliographic essays evaluate both older and recent sources, including periodical literature. This is an indispensable work for readers from faculty members to public library patrons. Both graduate and upper-division undergraduate students will profit from its use.-D.M. Flusche, Eastern Michigan University