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Understanding Contemporary Latin America

Richard S. Hillman
Price: $ 23.5

Understanding Contemporary Latin America treats the crucial issues facing this vital region in the advent of the twenty-first century. Designed as a core text for "Introduction to Latin America" courses, it can also be used effectively as a supplemental reader in a wide variety of discipline-oriented curriculums.

The authors provide up-to-date, thorough analyses not only of history, politics, and economics, but also of class and ethnicity, the role of women, religious beliefs, education and cultural expression, and the environment. Each topic is covered with reference to the latest available scholarship.

All of the chapters in this second edition have been fully revised and updated. A glossary and a current table of basic political data enhance this excellent introduction to a diverse and complex region.

Richard S. Hillman is professor and chair of political science at St. John Fisher College. He is coauthor (with Thomas D'Agostino) of Distant Neighbors in the Caribbean: The Dominican Republic and Jamaica in Comparative Perspective and author of Democracy for the Privileged: Crisis and Transition in Venezuela.

Praise for the first edition:

"An excellent collection of important writings ... on the reality of Latin American life and politics."¿John D. Martz

"Masterfully unravels many issues facing Latin America today to enrich our understanding of its complex dynamics."¿Cynthia Chavez Metoyer

"Excellent.... a welcome volume covering a wide range of topics central to 'understanding contemporary Latin America.' It will be useful not only in introductory survey courses but also in courses on politics, economics, and history."¿James Dietz

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