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This page has links to the general history of latin America after 1900. It also serves as a portal for the more detailed individual casahistoria pages on latin America. Click here for links before 1900.
 
Browse down the page or just click one of these sections.... 
  
  1. Political Development & Change
  2. Revolution.......
  3. ...& Reaction: the Military Regimes
  4. 20th century Wars
  5. Indigenous latin America
  6. General Latin America History links
 
 
 
Other core casahistoria Latin America pages:
 
  19th century Latin America
  20th century Military Regimes
  The US & Latin America
  Catholic Mission & Settlement
  

  Related casahistoria sites
 
Argentina · Bolivia · Brazil · Chile · Cuba · Mexico · Paraguay · Peru · Uruguay ·

 

 

 

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1. Political Development & Change
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General Articles
  • Latin America in the 1940s: War and Postwar Transitions Addresses the significant impact that World War II and the onset of the Cold War had on the political development of Latin America. Diego Rivera, detail from A Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park, 1947-8During the middle of this crucial decade many Latin American countries turned from authoritarian regimes toward democracy and the rapid growth David Rock, editor (University of California Press, 1994)
  • The return of populism. From The Economist, April 2006. Very useful article that examines the rebirth of an influential Latin American political tradition. Places the populist tradition in Latin America in a historical & global context, explaining the emergence of figures such as Perón and Vargas as well as modern figures such as Chavez. The emphasis though is on the historical background.
  • The Fitzgibbon Survey of Latin American Democracy: In 1945  Prof Fitzgibbon, a UCLA political scientist, asked a panel of ten  U.S. latinamericanist scholars to rank the twenty Latin American republics according to a set of criteria that he felt would measure the extent of democracy in each of the countries. This has their results and an update in 2000  



Individual Countries

Visit the following casahistoria individual country pages for links to their 20th century history:





   

 




2. Revolution.......
 
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 See also these extensive casahistoria sites:

Mexican revolution, 1910-20 and Revolts, coups & control
Cuba: Castro revolution and Che Guevara
Peru: Shining Path rebellion
Bolivian Revolution


Liberation Theology

   

 



3....& Reaction: the Military Regimes

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See these extensive casahistoria sites:


Argentina: Perόn and Perón & the Nazis
The Military Regimes of the 1970’s & 1980’s
Argentina: The Junta
Chile: Allende & Pinochet





   

 




4. 20th century Wars

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World War 1

The Chaco War (* from Armed Conflict Events Data) Malvinas/Falklands War
Malvinas/Falklands war. See casahistoria site for extensive links




   


 

5. Indigenous latin America

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  • NativeWeb This site presents information on Indigenous peoples in Mexico, Central, and South America
  • Indigenous People in Latin America Links page of Lanic. Many links in Spanish and English. Includes a comprehensive list of country by country links.
  • Diego Rivera, Unidad Pan-Americana, Panel 2 1940Racial Classifications in Latin America Interesting examination of racial classification after immigration, using original Spanish colonial classification.
  • The Native American: destroying cultures Clear detailed history of native culture in the USA and the effect of western settlement and expansion. Remember to click on the additional pages presented (not too clearly) at the foot of the section. Part of the American Memory collection.
  • Amazonia 1492: pristine forest or cultural parkland? Excavations and maps confirm forest housed advanced society. The Amazon was densely populated before Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World, confirms new evidence unearthed in Brazil. The finds lay to rest the notion that the region was pristine forest when the explorer landed in 1492. Betsy Mason, Nature, 2003. Requires (free) registration.
Brazil Argentina
  • Wichí Information from Survival International on the current position of the indigenous people
Chile
  • Chile Indigenous People Portal A very well designed and comprehensive multi media site to the indigenous peoples and cultures of Chile. Image rich, may take time to download
  • Cultures of the Andes Simple layout but very useful in its variety of resources
Cuba Paraguay
  • Ayoreo & Enxet Information from Survival International on the current position of the indigenous people
Peru Native American Women 
  • Rigoberta Menchu Rigoberta Menchú received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 and became the first indigenous woman to receive this distinction
  • Diego Rivera’s “El Venedor de Alcatraces” Click for full imageNative Women Resources Links to many resources, information, essays, and support groups for American Indian women.
  • Photographers as Storytellers An illustrated essay by Joan M. Jensen about American Indian women photographers whose photos tell stories.
  • Pottery by American Indian Women An illustrated essay by Susan Peterson about women potters and their craft.
  • Detailed doctorate essays on aspects of Latin American gender:
    • Stealing a Bride Marriage Customs, Gender Roles, and Fertility Transition in Two Peasant Comunities in Bolivia by Jorge Balán (1996)
    • Women Farmers and Andean Seeds by Mario E. Tapia and Ana De la Torre (1998) As illustrated by this case study of women farmers and seed in the Andes, rural women have a special interest in the diverse and multiple uses of plants and other biological resources, given their varied and complex responsibilities in rural households. The knowledge acquired as managers of these resources for livelihood, health and food security constitutes a knowledge system that both ensures subsistence and community needs, and contributes to the conservation and use of local varieties. Free, but requires registration
    • Cities of Women by Mary Weismantel (1999) interesting essay looks at the key role played by women in urban life in the Andean community.


 


   

 

 


6. General Latin America History links

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  • Why there is no Latin American History...   A very valid article by the Department of Portuguese & Spanish studies at the University of  Manchester, arguing that Latin American history should not be seen in isolation from either whole-American or European history  §
  • Diego Rivera, Unidad Pan-Americana, Panel 3 1940 Fresco Historical Text Archive  Excellent resource. Good articles, well linked and supported with text bibliographies. Very good place to start your research before moving onto the texts. Contains articles and links to the national histories of all latin American countries.
  • Molly Molloy's Internet Resources for Latin America A massive resource page of links to databases and information sources on Latin America (essentially for current events). New Mexico State University Library
  • Research Sites for Latin American History Since 1826 This is a very comprehensive site created and maintained by Richard W. Slatta  Professor of History. Many of the links on the Latin American pages come from here.
  • Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) Very Extensive bilingual links and information from the University of Texas at Austin. The History sections for each country give good basic introductory links. Broken down by topic and area, including:
  • Sources and general resources on latin America very thorough - and recently revamped and provided with clear index. Strongest on general resources, journals, country institutional links. Worthwhile trawling.
  • World History Archives  Good source for south American sites in English. Best on Cuba and Caribbean. South American articles are more to do with the last 10-20 years.
  • The Hispanic Reading Room.   Entry to the US Library of Congress materials on Latin and Caribbean America A site for serious study. Not easy to use, but very comprehensive. [Versión español]
  • HLAS (Handbook of Latin American Studies) Search Page This is a most important tool for finding scholarly books and articles on the region.
  • LAMP (Latin American Microforms) An excellent resource: many key libraries and collections have been turned into pdf's by the University of New Mexico. For serious research.
  • Latin American Aviation Historical Society Excellent site which has produced a large library of detailed and well presented articles on the history of Latin American Aviation.
  • Political Database of the Americas Wide-ranging information on the political process, parties, constitutions, and more
  • Americas.Org A US portal site with a focus on Latin America. Good current affairs articles and those with a current historical value. A useful search machine.
  • The Fitzgibbon Survey of Latin American Democracy: In 1945  Prof Fitzgibbon, a UCLA political scientist, asked a panel of ten  U.S. latinamericanist scholars to rank the twenty Latin American republics according to a set of criteria that he felt would measure the extent of democracy in each of the countries. This has their results and an update in 2000
  • LA Press Links to Major Latin American and US Newspapers that cover current events in the region

 

 

Don’t forget!! See the individual casahistoria sites on the histories of: Argentina · Bolivia · Brazil · Chile · Cuba · Mexico · Paraguay · Peru · Uruguay · Malvinas/Falklands ·

and these core casahistoria latin American sites:

19th century Latin America
20th century Latin America
20th century Military Regimes
The US & Latin America
Catholic Mission & Settlement




   

 



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