This book examines the intellectual problem of Latin American poverty, and discusses some of the explanations scholars have traditionally used to account for it. It focuses on its political and military dimensions of revolution and counterrevolution in the postwar era.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations, Prologue, Introduction: Why Is Latin America Poor? Part I Historical Latin America, A People of Conquest, The Colonial Centuries, Progress and Populism, Part II Revolution and Counterrevolution, Nationalism and the Military Response, Revolution in Central America, Christianity and Counterinsurgency, Part III Contemporary Latin America, The Politics of Control, Big Money: Debt and Wealth Extraction, Latin America in Perpetual Crisis, Epilogue: A Strange World, Notes, Suggestions for Further Reading, Index
John W. Sherman is a historian with expertise in twentieth-century Mexico. Sherman earned his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in 1994 prior to returning to his native Ohio to assume a professorship at Wright State University. His recent publications include, The Mexican Right: The End of Revolutionary Reform, 1929-1940, and “The Mexican ‘Miracle’ and its Collapse, 1946-1973” in the Oxford History of Mexico.