Latin America

Africans into Creoles

Slavery, Ethnicity, and Identity in Colonial Costa Rica
By Russell Lohse

Unlike most books on slavery in the Americas, this social history of Africans and their enslaved descendants in colonial Costa Rica recounts the journey of specific people from West Africa to the New World.

Maya Pilgrimage to Ritual Landscapes

Insights from Archaeology, History, and Ethnography
By Joel W. Palka

Through cross-cultural comparisons, archaeological data, and ethnographic insights, Joel W. Palka addresses central questions about Maya pilgrimage practice and discusses the broad importance of Maya ritual landscapes and pilgrimage for Mesoamerica as a whole.

Mayan Tales from Chiapas, Mexico

By Robert M. Laughlin
Translated by Socorro Gómez HernándezJuan Benito de la Torre

Presented here in English, Tzotzil, and Spanish are forty-two stories told to Robert Laughlin in Tzotzil by the only speaker of Tzotzil left in the village of San Felipe Ecatepec in Chiapas, Mexico. The stories range from mythological sacred stories to historical accounts of life in the twentieth century.

Creating Mexican Consumer Culture in the Age of Porfirio Díaz

By Steven B. Bunker

Steven Bunker’s study shows how goods and consumption embodied modernity in the time of Porfirio Díaz, how they provided proof to Mexicans that “incredible things are happening in this world.”

Jesuit Student Groups, the Universidad Iberoamericana, and Political Resistance in Mexico, 1913-1979

By David Espinosa

This book focuses on the twentieth-century efforts of the Roman Catholic Church to influence Mexican society through Jesuit-led student organizations designed to promote conservative Catholic values. The author shows that they left a very different imprint on Mexican society, training a generation of activists.

Emotions and Daily Life in Colonial Mexico

Edited by Javier Villa-FloresSonya Lipsett-Rivera

The history of emotions is a new approach to social history, and this book is the first in English to systematically examine emotions in colonial Mexico.

The Politics of Giving in the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata

Donors, Lenders, Subjects, and Citizens
By Viviana L. Grieco

This book examines an eighteenth century Spanish state finance based on voluntary donations rather than taxes. The author analyzes the “gifts” ( donativos) that residents of colonial Argentina gave to the Spanish Crown and the city council of Buenos Aires.

The War Has Brought Peace to Mexico

World War II and the Consolidation of the Post-Revolutionary State
By Halbert Jones

Though the war years in Mexico have attracted less attention than other periods, this book shows how the crisis atmosphere of the early 1940s played an important part in the consolidation of the post-revolutionary regime.

A Jesuit Missionary in Eighteenth-Century Sonora

The Family Correspondence of Philipp Segesser
Edited by Raymond H. Thompson
Translated by Werner S. ZimmtRobert E. Dahlquist

The Swiss Jesuit missionary Philipp Segesser was sent to northwestern Mexico in 1731. His letters home, translated and edited in this fascinating book, provide a frank and intimate view of missionary life on the remote northwestern frontier of New Spain.

Native Brazil

Beyond the Convert and the Cannibal, 1500-1900
Edited by Hal Langfur

This volume is a significant contribution to understanding the ways Brazil’s native peoples shaped their own histories.

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