Militarization, Democracy, and Development: The Perils of by Kirk S. Bowman

By Kirk S. Bowman

Do 3rd international international locations take advantage of having huge militaries, or does this hamper their improvement? within the face of conflicting facts from past quantitative learn and case reports, Kirk Bowman units out to discover simply what impression militarization has had on improvement in Latin the US.

Identifying special positive aspects of the army as an establishment in Latin the United States, Kirk Bowman makes use of statistical research to illustrate that militarization has had a very malignant influence during this zone of the area on 3 key measures of improvement: democracy, fiscal development, and fairness. For this quantitative comparability he attracts on longitudinal facts for a pattern of seventy six constructing international locations and for 18 Latin American countries.

To light up the causal mechanisms at work--how business enterprise and series function within the dating among militarization and those 3 components of development--Bowman deals a close comparability of Costa Rica and Honduras among 1948 and 1998. The case reports not just serve to reinforce his basic argument concerning the destructive results of militarization but additionally supply many new insights into the approaches of democratic consolidation and financial transformation in those critical American nations.

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Yankee No!: Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American by Alan McPherson

By Alan McPherson

In 1958, indignant Venezuelans attacked vice chairman Richard Nixon in Caracas, establishing a turbulent decade in Latin American-U.S. kinfolk. In Yankee No! Alan McPherson sheds much-needed mild at the arguable and urgent challenge of anti-U.S. sentiment on this planet. analyzing the roots of anti-Americanism in Latin the United States, McPherson specializes in 3 significant crises: the Cuban Revolution, the 1964 Panama riots, and U.S. intervention within the Dominican Republic. Deftly combining cultural and political research, he demonstrates the moving and intricate nature of anti-Americanism in each one kingdom and the love-hate ambivalence of such a lot Latin americans towards the USA. while emerging panic over "Yankee hating" led Washington to attempt to include overseas hostility, the govt. displayed a shockingly coherent and constant reaction, keeping an ideological self-confidence that has outlasted a Latin American international relations torn among resentment and admiration of the USA. even if, McPherson warns, U.S. leaders run an outstanding possibility in the event that they proceed to disregard the deeper reasons of anti-Americanism. Written with dramatic aptitude, Yankee No! is a well timed, compelling, and thoroughly researched contribution to overseas historical past. (20041201)

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The legacies of liberalism: path dependence and political by James Mahoney

By James Mahoney

Regardless of their many similarities, vital American international locations throughout the 20th century have been characterised by way of remarkably varied political regimes. In a comparative research of Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua, James Mahoney argues that those political transformations have been legacies of the nineteenth-century liberal reform interval. proposing a thought of "path dependence," Mahoney indicates how offerings made at the most important turning issues in significant American historical past demonstrated convinced instructions of switch and foreclosed others to form long term improvement. through the center of the 20th century, 3 kinds of political regimes characterised the 5 international locations thought of during this learn: military-authoritarian (Guatemala, El Salvador), liberal democratic (Costa Rica), and standard dictatorial (Honduras, Nicaragua). As Mahoney indicates, each one variety is the top aspect of decisions concerning nation and agrarian improvement made by means of those nations early within the 19th century. making use of his conclusions to present-day makes an attempt at industry construction in a neoliberal period, Mahoney warns that overzealous pursuit of marketplace production could have critically damaging long term political results. The Legacies of Liberalism offers new perception into the function of management in political improvement, where of household politics within the research of international intervention, and the position of the nation within the construction of early capitalism. The publication deals a basic theoretical framework that would be of extensive curiosity to students of comparative politics and political improvement, and its total argument will stir debate between historians of specific vital American international locations.

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Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security by David R. Mares, Arie M. Kacowicz

By David R. Mares, Arie M. Kacowicz

This new instruction manual is a complete choice of state-of-the-art essays on all features of Latin American protection by way of a mixture of proven and rising students.

The Routledge instruction manual of Latin American safeguard identifies the most important modern subject matters of study and debate, bearing in mind that the examine of Latin America’s comparative and foreign politics has passed through dramatic alterations because the finish of the chilly conflict, the go back of democracy and the re-legitimization and re-armament of the army opposed to the history of low-level makes use of of strength wanting conflict.

Latin America’s safeguard concerns became an incredible subject in diplomacy and Latin American reports. This instruction manual units a rigorous time table for destiny examine and is organised into five key parts:

• The Evolution of defense in Latin America

• Theoretical ways to safeguard in Latin America

• diverse 'Securities'

• modern neighborhood protection Challenges

• Latin the United States and modern overseas protection Challenges

With a spotlight on modern demanding situations and the disasters of nearby associations to dispose of the specter of using strength between Latin americans, this instruction manual should be of serious curiosity to scholars of Latin American politics, safety experiences, battle and clash reviews and diplomacy in general.

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What is la hispanidad?: A conversation (Joe R. and Teresa by Ilan Stavans

By Ilan Stavans

Natives of the Iberian Peninsula and the twenty nations of Latin the USA, in addition to their kinsfolk who have immigrated to the us and around the globe, proportion a standard caliber or identification characterised as los angeles hispanidad. Or do they?

In this vigorous, provocative e-book, amazing intellectuals, a cultural critic and a historian, have interaction in a chain of probing conversations during which they struggle to parent the character of los angeles hispanidad and debate no matter if this sort of shared identification binds the world's approximately part billion those people who are "Hispanic." Their conversations diversity from La Reconquista and Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, who united the Spanish kingdom whereas expelling its ultimate Moors and Jews, to the fervor for el fútbol (soccer) that has swept a lot of Latin the USA at the present time. alongside the best way, they speak about a sequence of exciting subject matters, together with the complex dating among Latin the USA and the us, Spanish language and the makes use of of Spanglish, complexities of race and ethnicity, nineteenth-century struggles for nationhood and twentieth-century identification politics, and pop culture from literary novels to telenovelas. Woven all through are the authors' personal enlightening stories of crossing borders and cultures in Mexico and Chile and the United States.

Sure to impress lively conversations between its readers, What is l. a. hispanidad? makes a powerful case that "our hispanidad is rooted in a altering culture, versatile adequate to persist past limitations and conditions. allow us to now not repair it with a definition, yet permit it in its place to commute, always."

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Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America by Tulia G. Falleti

By Tulia G. Falleti

Is it usually precise that decentralization reforms positioned extra energy within the palms of governors and mayors? In postdevelopmental Latin the United States, the stunning resolution to this question isn't any. in reality, quite a few results are attainable, based principally on who initiates the reforms, how they're initiated, and in what order they're brought. Tulia G. Falleti attracts on large fieldwork, in-depth interviews, archival documents, and quantitative information to provide an explanation for the trajectories of decentralization approaches and their markedly diverse results in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. In her research, she develops a sequential thought and strategy which are profitable in explaining this counterintuitive consequence. Her learn contributes to the literature on direction dependence and institutional evolution and may be of curiosity to students of decentralization, federalism, subnational politics, intergovernmental kinfolk, and Latin American politics.

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An archaeological guide to northern Central America: Belize, by Joyce Kelly

By Joyce Kelly

Tikal, Cop?n, Uaxact?n - historic Maya towns whose names conjure up romance, secret, and technological know-how without notice. Joyce Kelly’s transparent descriptions and pleasing photos of those and plenty of different websites will make you must pack your baggage and head for primary the USA. And if you arrive, this guidebook won't allow you to down. It covers 38 websites and 25 museums - greater than the other guidebook - in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Kelly’s details is actual and recent: she has visited each web site in my opinion. The descriptions comprise all of the significant, famous websites and lots of no longer showing different guidebooks.Kelly describes every one website and museum, from its pyramids and temples to its hieroglyphic stairways and "eccentric flints." She comprises many web site plans, and her description of every web site comprises its historic background in addition to its contemporary archaeological activity.Equally vital, Kelly describes precisely how you can get there. transparent maps and targeted written instructions comprise the space (in miles and kilometers) and the riding time required for every section of the journey. if you want a four-wheel-drive motor vehicle to barter rutted dust roads, Kelly tells you. if you want a advisor, she tells you the place to discover one.

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Star Gods of the Maya: Astronomy in Art, Folklore, and by Susan Milbrath

By Susan Milbrath

Observations of the sunlight, moon, planets, and stars performed a critical function in historical Maya lifeways, as they do this present day between modern Maya who retain the normal methods. This pathfinding booklet reconstructs historical Maya astronomy and cosmology throughout the astronomical info encoded in Precolumbian Maya paintings and proven by way of the present practices of dwelling Maya peoples. Susan Milbrath opens the e-book with a dialogue of recent Maya ideals approximately astronomy, in addition to crucial info on naked-eye remark. She devotes next chapters to Precolumbian astronomical imagery, which she strains again via time, ranging from the Colonial and Postclassic eras. She delves into many features of the Maya astronomical photos, together with the foremost astronomical gods and their linked glyphs, astronomical almanacs within the Maya codices [painted books], and adjustments within the imagery of the heavens through the years. This research yields new facts and a brand new synthesis of data in regards to the particular astronomical occasions and cycles recorded in Maya paintings and structure. certainly, it constitutes the 1st significant examine of the connection among paintings and astronomy in old Maya tradition.

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Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya: Volume 2: Data and Case by Takeshi Inomata, Stephen D. Houston

By Takeshi Inomata, Stephen D. Houston

The volumes of Royal Courts of the traditional Maya supply present archaeological views on Maya courts conceived as important, functioning social teams composed of lords, courtiers, scribes, clergymen, and entertainers, between many others. as well as archaeological information at the structure and different spatial attributes of courts, the reviews within the volumes convey to undergo at the subject the newest facts from inscriptions, vase work, work of art and friezes, and ethnohistoric documents that allows you to flesh out a portrait of the actors and roles that made up Maya courts via time and throughout area. The attributes of courts are explored within the Maya highlands and lowlands, from the origins of early kingship in the course of the vintage interval to the Postclassic and Terminal epochs. Pertinent comparisons also are drawn from the Aztecs and different historic and modern societies. Volume 1: idea, comparability, and Synthesis establishes a gently thought of framework for forthcoming the examine of courts and their features through the international of the traditional Maya. Volume 2: information and Case Studies presents authoritatively present info and insights from key Maya websites, together with Copán, Tikal, Caracol, Bonampak, and Calakmul.

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