Diálogos Series

Kris Lane, Series Editor

Understanding Latin America demands dialogue, deep exploration, and frank discussion of key topics. Founded by Lyman L. Johnson in 1992 and edited since 2013 by Kris Lane, the Diálogos Series focuses on innovative scholarship in Latin American history and related fields. The series, the most successful of its type, includes specialist works accessible to a wide readership and a variety of thematic titles, all ideally suited for classroom adoption by university and college teachers.

Mexico OtherWise

Modern Mexico in the Eyes of Foreign Observers
Edited by Jürgen Buchenau
Translated by Jürgen Buchenau

A diverse collection of observations on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Mexico by non-Mexican authors.

Beyond Black and Red

African-Native Relations in Colonial Latin America
Edited by Matthew Restall

The first study of the complex relationships among the races in Latin America after Spanish colonization.

Women in the Crucible of Conquest

The Gendered Genesis of Spanish American Society, 1500-1600
By Karen Vieira Powers

The first history of women's contributions to the Spanish colonization of the New World.

Death, Dismemberment, and Memory

Body Politics in Latin America
Edited by Lyman L. Johnson

The long history of the politically symbolic use of the bodies, or body parts, of martyred heroes in Latin America.

Dutra's World

Wealth and Family in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro
By Zephyr Frank

The impact of slavery in 19th century Brazil is examined through the life of one typical slave owner who was also a former slave.

The Souls of Purgatory

The Spiritual Diary of a Seventeenth-Century Afro-Peruvian Mystic, Ursula de Jesús
Edited by Nancy van Deusen
Translated by Nancy van Deusen

This translation of part of the diary of a 17th century Peruvian mystic includes the convent life of slaves and former slaves and baroque Catholic spiritual experiences from the perspective of a woman of color.

The Great Festivals of Colonial Mexico City

Performing Power and Identity
By Linda A. Curcio-Nagy

This cultural history examines the functions of public rituals in colonial Mexico City, often totaling as many as 100 celebrations in a year.

National Rhythms, African Roots

The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance
By John Charles Chasteen

John Chasteen examines the history behind sexually suggestive dances (salsa, samba, and tango) that brought people of different social classes and races together in Latin America.

The Silver King

The Remarkable Life of the Count of Regla in Colonial Mexico
By Edith Boorstein Couturier

Pedro Romero de Terreros, the first Count of Regla, was born in Spain in 1710, but when he was twenty-one, his parents sent him to live with an uncle in New Spain to assume control of the family's businesses. Edith Couturier uses Regla's career to address the growing social tensions of the eighteenth century in New Spain.

A Pest in the Land

New World Epidemics in a Global Perspective
By Suzanne Alchon

In this timely study of all the reasons for extreme declines in native populations in the New World after colonization by Europeans, the author questions prevalent theories that exposure to Old World diseases was the sole cause of the devastation.