Latin America

Violent Delights, Violent Ends

Sex, Race, and Honor in Colonial Cartagena de Indias
By Nicole von Germeten

This study of sexuality in seventeenth-century Latin America takes the reader beneath the surface of daily life in a colonial city.

The Grandchildren of Solano López

Frontier and Nation in Paraguay, 1904–1936
By Bridget María Chesterton

Bridget María Chesterton’s in-depth examination of Paraguay’s unique nationalism and the role of the frontier in its formation places the debate over López in the context of larger themes of Latin American history, including racial and ethnic identity, authoritarian regimes, and militarism.

The Bare-toed Vaquero

Life in Baja California's Desert Mountains
By Peter J. Marchand

Marchand’s photographs and text are both informative and intimate. His introduction to this little-known corner of Mexico will delight travelers and scholars alike.

Oy, My Buenos Aires

Jewish Immigrants and the Creation of Argentine National Identity
By Mollie Lewis Nouwen

Between 1905 and 1930, more than one hundred thousand Jews left Central and Eastern Europe to settle permanently in Argentina. This book explores how these Yiddish-speaking Ashkenazi immigrants helped to create a new urban strain of the Argentine national identity.

For God and Revolution

Priest, Peasant, and Agrarian Socialism in the Mexican Huasteca
By Mark Saad Saka

During the early 1880s, a wave of peasant unrest swept the mountainous Huasteca region of northeastern Mexico. This account traces the material and ideological roots of the rebellion to nineteenth-century liberal policies of land privatization and to the growth of a radical anarcho-communist agrarian consciousness.

Knowing History in Mexico

An Ethnography of Citizenship
By Trevor Stack

While much has been written about national history and citizenship, anthropologist Trevor Stack focuses on the history and citizenship of towns and cities. Basing his inquiry on fieldwork near Guadalajara in west Mexico, Stack pinpoints what it is that makes people who know history seem like better citizens.

The Course of Andean History

By Peter V. N. Henderson

The only comprehensive history of Andean South America from initial settlement to the present, this useful book focuses on Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, the four countries where the Andes have played a major role in shaping history.

Indigenous Religion and Cultural Performance in the New Maya World

By Garrett W. CookThomas A. Offit

Based on more than thirty years of ethnographic fieldwork in Highland Guatemala, this study of Maya diviners, shamans, ritual dancers, and religious brotherhoods describes the radical changes in traditional Maya religious practice wrought by economic globalization and political turmoil.

Inka Human Sacrifice and Mountain Worship

Strategies for Empire Unification
By Thomas Besom

In this study, Besom explores the ritual practices of human sacrifice and the worship of mountains, attested in both archaeological investigations and ethnohistorical sources, as tools in the establishment and preservation of political power within the Inka empire.

No Mere Shadows

Faces of Widowhood in Early Colonial Mexico
By Shirley Cushing Flint

Three generations of women in one family are the characters in this intimate historical study of what it meant to be a widow in sixteenth-century Mexico City.

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