Latin American History Books
Five Best Books About Latin American History
When I first saw Sounds and Colours ask for a list of the top books in Latin American history, I assumed such a list would come easily to me. Ideas for books to include, of course, have come easily, but it has been more difficult to select those to highlight. The lively controversies that often erupt over historical interpretation show the field to be much more than merely the boring repetition of dates and names from the past that it is sometimes characterized to be. This list will follow what may be my own personal conception of history, that it is a dialogue between the present and the past based primarily but by no means exclusively on textual evidence, but I think it is one that can explain, at least partially, why our understanding of history seems to be ever-changing and recognizes the way that history can look very different based on the perspective of the observer. Although the human occupation of the region stretching from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego goes back more than 10, years conservatively speaking and some still living cultures in the regions began well before years ago, I consider that what we now think of as Latin America to have begun with the violent conquest of the region by Spain and Portugal. Mann in , which was published in
I absolutely love reading books about Latin American history. The fact that each event actually occurred makes them so much more interesting than your average fictional book. These books are jam packed with epic battles, historic triumphs, personal failures, deadly diseases, and heart-wrenching betrayals. Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using one of these links, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Using our affiliate links is a great way to support this website. Conquistador tells the epic story of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, which took place between and in present-day Mexico.
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Planning a trip down to 'El Sur'? Get to grips with the fascinating continent through these reads. The problem is, Guevara raced his two-seater bike across the continent in , while Chatwin met the Patagonian gauchos in You may think this means exciting experiences are no longer available in 21st century El Sur — but as these writers below prove, hair-raising adventure is still very much on the menu. While the traditional guidebooks are still very much needed when it comes to planning your itinerary, these are the reads you need to really get to know the continent. Right up to the present day, South American history has been defined by strong men controlling or manipulating the masses. MacQuarrie uses the stories of the likes of narco-kingpin Pablo Escobar and Maoist rebel Abimael Guzman to explain the modern socio-political make-up of the continent.