This book focuses on recent developments in Latin American politics and society. The major new selection made in the book are the Church's role in the Nicaraguan revolution, the Malvinas/Falklands war, the struggle for democracy in Argentina and Brazil, and women's liberation in Cuba.
Part One: Indian and Hispanic Origins 1. Ancient America 2. The Hispanic Background Part Two: Spain in the Indies 3. Conquest 4. The Evolution of Spain's Indian Policy 5. The Economy of the Spanish Indies 6. Government and Church in the Spanish Indies 7. Class and Caste in the Spanish Colonies 8. The Bourbon Reforms and Spanish America 9. Colonial Culture and the Enlightenment Part Three: Colonial Brazil 10. The Formation of Colonial Brazil 11. Government and Church in Colonial Brazil 12. Masters and Slaves Part Four: Latin America in the Nineteenth Century 13. The Liberation of Latin America 14. Dictators and Revolutions 15. Brazil: From Empire to Republic Part Five: Latin America in the Twentieth Century 16. The Mexican Revolution 17. Argentina: The Struggle for Democracy, 1890–1985 18. Republican Brazil: The Awakening Giant 19. Latin American Roads to Socialism 20. The Two Americas