This title traces 500 years of history from the time of Columbus and the Spanish Conquest to the present day. It shows how the turbulent modernization which started in the eighteenth century continued into the twentieth century.
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Edwin Williamson is the King Alfonso XIII Chair of Spanish at Oxford University. His other book, Borges: A Life was also published by Penguin.From Library Journal:
Penguin has contributed numerous useful works in its Latin American series, and this comprehensive, historical survey of the region is no exception. Williamson (Univ. of Edinburgh) has accomplished a nearly impossible task: He has produced a lucid, objective interpretation for the nonspecialist reader. The book is organized topically, rather than by country, and the author wisely selected regional examples of his major themes, rather than attempting a detailed analysis of each country. The work ends with an unusual exploration of literature and culture in relation to identity and modernization, followed by a helpful bibliographic essay. Highly recommended for most libraries.
- Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans, La.
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