This two volume work is the first extensive collection of analytical materials regarding the history of war in Latin America. Covering pre-history to the 1990s, it also includes accounts from every region and form of warfare. Experts on the continent and those who work on the military in other parts of the globe, will find it extremely useful.
Contents: Volume I: Part I Pre-Conquest and Conquest: 'flowery war' in Aztec history, Frederic Hicks; Life and death in a Maya war zone, Charles Suhler and David A. Freidel; Fierce and unnatural cruelty: Cort and the conquest of Mexico, Inga Clendinnen; Tactical factors in the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs, Douglas A. Daniel; Revising the conquest of Mexico: smallpox, sources, and populations, Francis J. Brooks. Part II Independence: Rebellions in late colonial Spanish America: a comparative perspective, Anthony McFarlane; Spanish American independence: a structural analysis, George Reid Andrews; The army of New Spain and the wars of independence, 1790-1821, Christon I. Archer; Loyalist overkill: the socio-economic costs of 'repressing' the separatist insurrection in Cuba, 1868-78, Alfonso W. Quiroz; Bolívar and the 'Caudillos', John Lynch; Banditry and revolution in New Spain, 1790-1821, Christon I. Archer. PART III International Wars: One thing leads to another: recurrent militarized disputes in Latin America, 1816-1986, Paul R. Hensel; The war of the Triple Alliance: three explanatory models, Diego Abente; Following their children into battle: women at war in Paraguay, 1864-70, Barbara J. Ganson; Consequences for Argentina of the war of Triple Alliance, 1865-70, F.J. McLynn; The Paraguayan Rosetta Stone: new insights into the demographics of the Paraguayan War, 1864-70, Thomas L. Whigham and Barbara Potthast; Nitrates, Chilean entrepreneurs, and the origins of the War of the Pacific, Luis Ortega; Hacia el Mar: Bolivia's quest for a Pacific port, Ronald Bruce St John; Chile during the first months of the War of the Pacific, William F. Sater; Salvador-Honduras War, 1969: the 'soccer war', Jay Mallin; The Falklands War: lessons learned and mislearned, Norman Friedman; Name index.