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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Born in Blood and Fire: Drawing on the most current scholarship, this concise text presents a direct, compelling narrative that spans six centuries and twenty countries. Carefully revised in light of recent Latin American history, the Second Edition introduces new maps, helpful chapter timelines, and a new Student Web site.
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Lists with This Book. I read the first edition, published in – a copy from my library. There are now three subsequent editions.
Chasteen is an engaging writer and makes the history interesting, but in textbook Quick notes: Chasteen is an engaging writer and makes the history interesting, but in textbook form, there is very little in the way of resources and citations. I was disappointed by that, but did see that inhe published a sister guide focusing on primary sources and ownvoices. This is a great addition for a classroom, and I plan to seek it out too.
Chasteen states upfront that there will be broad sweeps, and he focuses on the major players Brazil, Mexico, Argentina with notable references to Chile, Colombia, Peru For a basic history, this is a good place to start.
Chasteen covers a lot of ground, and manages to integrate aspects of indigenous studies, women’s history, labor history – and I imagine this has just increased with each new edition. I will be digging deep into South American history, chawteen, and culture starting inso this was a solid survey text to begin that project.
Obligatory terse review, as things are still hectic around here. I waffled and wavered all over this. First, inclined for a four, then a two, so going for a three. It’s concise, clear, non-pretentious prose, not without its bias but not heavily so. It offers the usual summary of political and historical events in Latin America for Brazil is discussed almost horn much as the Hispanophone countrieswith a few moments where the author clears up a few things that either are misconceptions or wh Obligatory terse review, as things are still hectic around here.
It offers the usual summary of political and historical events in Latin America for Brazil is discussed almost as blopd as the Hispanophone countrieswith a few moments where the author clears up a few things that either are misconceptions or what he considers to be so. inn
The reason I couldn’t give it a full raving review is that I believe it’s geared ib be used as a text, and this man doesn’t cite his sources. Yes, I know, Doris Kearns Goodwin and all that, but I simply couldn’t put this in front of my students and say “yes, this is allowed.
A section at the end of each chapter highlights a particular phenomenon, and there are black and white photos at the beginning of each chapter and each of these end segments, with some good charts interspersed.
View all 5 comments. It’s a decent political history of Mexico, Central and South America but it wasn’t very satisfying because he just can’t do justice to years of history in 20 countries, even if as a region they often mirrored each other, in pages. Also, there’s no liking the US after this one. Ahd 19, Mark Taylor rated it really liked it.
While I generally pride myself on being a well-rounded individual, I will readily confess that knowledge of Latin American history is one blooe my blind spots. A Concise History of Latin America. I r While I generally pride myself on being a well-rounded individual, I will readily confess horn knowledge of Latin American history is one of my blind spots.
I read the second edition, published inbut the most recent edition is the fourth, which just came out in June, As an overview, it certainly helped me to understand more about the historical trends of Latin America, and the difficult journey that many countries in the region have faced since winning their independence nearly two hundred years ago. There were many people and events that I wanted to learn more about-for example, Simon Bolivar, who gets the briefest of mentions in the text, or Getulio Vargas, the longtime President of Brazil who committed suicide in office in It would have been nice to get a little more insight into some of these leading players, but I understand the difficulty in recapping five hundred years of history for more than twenty countries in less than pages.
Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America
Jul 12, Abd Masters rated it liked it Shelves: This book was the required reading for a Latin American history class I took in college. I found it a fascinating read, and I spent much of time comparing and contrasting our own American history U. Aug 17, Malonie rated it really liked it.
This is exactly what I wanted, a basic framework history of Latin America. This truly is a concise history so if you are looking for bloood more in depth analysis then this is not the book for you. I thought this book did a good job of tracking trends throughout Latin America and it left me wanting to find out more.
Apr 15, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it liked it Shelves: A history of a chastefn and a half cannot be contained in pages plus sourcesbut Chasteen gives it his best shot. This a fine introductory text, and more enjoyable to read than Kiernan’s Viet Nambut it lacks nuance or detail.
Chasteen traces two major narratives through the many nations of Central and South America. The first is their tripartite cultural heritage, combining in various ways Iberian colonizers, Africa slaves, and indigenous people. The second is swings between conservativ A history of a continent and a half cannot be contained in pages plus sourcesbut Chasteen gives it his best shot.
The second is swings between conservative and modernizing forces. Conservative politics, whether Catholic or based around a cuadillo strongmen, lead to stagnation and revolt.
The modernizers, whether early 19th century nationalist revolutionaries, 20th century nationalists of both liberal and Marxist stripes, and 21st century neoliberals, make grand promises that never seem to pan out for the rural majorities of these countries. I get the difficulty of writing a synthetic history covering millions of square miles and hundreds of years in a reasonable page count.
And there are some things which I like, like short “counter-narrative” chapters that showcases countervailing trends. But I have little sense of South America as informed by its history.
May 07, Brian rated it it was amazing. Assigned reading for Latin American History at Augusta University, and I know have a much better appreciation for the history and cultures of the Latin American people. I also have a better idea of the suffering and hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by American interference.
An eye-opening history of an often belittled people. Jul 27, Claire added it. A Eurocentric history that shades into one focusing heavily on the role of the United States as the author moves through the time, this book could have benefited greatly from an expanded focus on the indigenous and African peoples of Latin Chastewn the mestizos get some representation, though perhaps not enough.
Born in Blood and Fire
Also largely absent are voices of peasants, as this is definitely a top down history. History is more than a recounting of the actions of great men, though credit is due to the author f A Eurocentric history that shades into one focusing heavily on the role of the United States as the author moves through the time, this book could have benefited greatly from an expanded focus on the indigenous and African peoples of Latin America the mestizos get some representation, though perhaps not enough.
History is more than a recounting of the actions of great men, though credit is due to the author for including brief passages on women and also dipping his toes into cultural waters with discussions of Latin American novelists and poets, though a multitude of other cultural practices are ignored.
Overall, Born in Blood and Fire reads like an introductory textbook to Latin American politics that, while deftly tracing the history of Latin American government and to a lesser extent economy, leaves out important components of the large regions history in the form of groups and topics that do not fit Chasteen’s chosen focus.
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Nov 28, Sara rated it it was ok Recommends it for: First of all, the second edition is riddle with boorn errors and annotation errors.
That aside, the last chapter of the book which deals with the most recent events–the 90’s is so skimpy! It’s as though Chasteen simply got tired of writing and let the book sort of dissolve. It’s decent as the barest survey. It’s written to be read and understood easily, but Chasteen glosses over a lot of key event. That, and his bias is all over every page.
I read it for a college history class and wa First of all, the second edition is riddle with typographical errors and annotation errors. I read it for a college history class and was really quite disappointed with it. It was laid out well time period wisebut seemed like a mediocre effort in general. Clean and concise, this enthusiastic history is a handy summary of Latin America’s colorful and tumultuous journey over the past half millennium. Of course, as the author hints at in the introduction, the task at hand is an impossible one–five hundred years of a continent’s history can cuasteen be fitted into such a small space–and the text does often feel a bit too glossy.
But this is a worthy and useful venture none-the-less, providing a great jumping off point for the uninitiated.
Jun 03, Abraham Rincon rated it liked it. I read this book for chastsen Latin America history course. At times, the author rambled on a lot without being able to cut to the chase.
The reading was moderately entertaining, but this is not your typical history book. It offers explanations in layman’s terms for dense subjects, so it isn’t very wordy. Overall, I enjoyed reading it. Overall, a really good overview. Sometimes the book shoots off into tangents and hops around abruptly, but honestly that might be the by product of trying to synthesize nearly a millennia of history into a little over blooc.
Definitely a good introduction into the development of Latin and Central America. Jan 12, Emily rated it really liked it. My professor actually wrote this book so it bolod interesting to compare his writing and speaking styles.