1st Edition

A History of Indigenous Latin America
Aymara to Zapatistas

ISBN 9781315228402
Published March 25, 2020 by Routledge
408 Pages

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Book Description

A History of Indigenous Latin America is a comprehensive introduction to the people who first settled in Latin America, from before the arrival of the Europeans to the present.

Indigenous history provides a singular perspective to political, social and economic changes that followed European settlement and the African slave trade in Latin America. Set broadly within a postcolonial theoretical framework and enhanced by anthropology, economics, sociology, and religion, this textbook includes military conflicts and nonviolent resistance, transculturation, labor, political organization, gender, and broad selective accommodation. Uniquely organized into periods of 50 years to facilitate classroom use, it allows students to ground important indigenous historical events and cultural changes within the timeframe of a typical university semester.

Supported by images, textboxes, and linked documents in each chapter that aid learning and provide a new perspective that broadly enhances Latin American history and studies, it is the perfect introductory textbook for students.

Table of Contents

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List of maps

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Introduction: Indigenous People from the Southern Cone meet an Important Person

1 Indigenous Latin America: Introductions, Methodology and Definitions

2 Indigenous Latin America: Abya Yala

3 Indigenous Encounters with Europeans: 15th Century

4 Natives Challenge the Conquerors Yet Help to Create a New World, 1500-1549

5 Colonial Alliances and Demographic Collapse, 1550-1599

6 The High Colonial Period: Indigenous People Join Imperial Systems, 1600-1649

7 Transculturation, Urbanization and Isolated Revolts, 1650-1699

8 Demographic Recovery and Growing Insurrections, 1700-1749

9 Religious Conflicts, Widespread Resistance, and New Countries, 1750-1826

10 Indigenous Responses to New Rulers and Frontier Expansion, 1811-1869

11 Struggles for Land, Labor and Political Leverage in Neocolonial Latin America, 1870-1930

12 Diverse Indigenous Paths toward Self-Determination, 1930-1971

13 Indigenous Organization and Opposition to Military Rule, 1971-1990

14 Indigenous People Enter the New Millennium, 1990-2012


Bibliography of Sources Cited

Appendix: Organization Abbreviations

Appendix: Indigenous People


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Dr. René Harder Horst is I.G. Greer Distinguished Professor 2018 to 2021 in History at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, United States. He is author of The Stroessner Regime and Indigenous Resistance in Paraguay, Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America, El Régimen de Stroessner y la Resistencia Indígena, and numerous articles on Indigenous history in Latin America.