Books on Latin America in the Logan Library
Books added in the summer of 2005:
Preconquest, Conquest, and Colonial Period (before about 1810):

Bauer. Arnold J.  Goods, Power, History: Latin America's Material Culture.  New Approaches to the Americas.  Cambridge:  Cambridge UP, 2001.  Bauer analyzes how and why people in Latin America made and used particular kinds of food, clothes, houses, tools, and other material goods, from before the conquest to the present.

Boyer, Richard, and Geoffrey Spurling, eds.  Colonial Lives:  Documents on Latin American History, 1550-1850.  Oxford:  Oxford UP, 1999.  A selection of primary sources from Colonial Latin America.

Chambers, Sarah.  From subjects to citizens : honor, gender, and politics in Arequipa, Peru, 1780-1854.  University Park:  Pennsylvania State University Press, c1999.  A study of the end of Spanish rule and the beginning of independence in a Peruvian City, by a leading scholar of Latin America and of women’s history.

Clendinnen, Inga. Ambivalent Conquests : Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570.    Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2003.  An important study of partial conquest, racial and cultural mixing, trials for idolatry, and even torture in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

Coe, Michael, Dean Snow, and Elizabeth Benson.  Atlas of Ancient AmericaNew York, N.Y.:  Facts on File, 1986.

Cortés, H. Letters from Mexico, trans. by Anthony Pagden.  New Haven:  Yale, 2001.  In this classic primary source, Hernando Cortés tells the king of Spain what he’s found in Mexico, and how he’s conquering it.  (Since Cortés disobeyed his orders, broke the law, and deserted his commander, he’s also trying to make the king see him as a hero instead of a criminal.)

Díaz del Castillo, Bernal.  The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico: 1517-1521.  Trans. by Genaro García.  Cambridge, Mass.:  Da Capo Press, 2003Decades after the conquest, angered by the Cortés family’s somewhat fanciful official story, the cranky ex-conquistador Díaz gives his version of the conquest of Mexico.

Gutierrez, Ramon.  When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846.  Stanford:  Stanford UP, 1991.  How did political and religious changes affect people’s lives?

J.J. Klor de Alva and M. Leon Portilla.  The Broken Spears:  The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico.  Boston:  Beacon, 1991.  Aztec descriptions of the conquest of Mexico, as some of them remembered it several decades later.

Las Casas, Bartolomé de.  The Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account.  Trans. by Herma Briffault.  Baltimore:  Johns Hopkins UP, 1992.  Las Casas, who went to the Caribbean to get rich in the early 1500s, became the fiercest Spanish opponent of the bloodshed and oppression of the conquest.

Lavrín, Asunción, ed. Latin American Women: Historical Perspectives.  Westport, Conn.:  Greenwood Press, 1978.  One of the leading scholars of Latin American women’s history.

Lockhart, James, & Stuart B. Schwartz.  Early Latin America: A History of Colonial Spanish America and Brazil.  New York:  Cambridge UP, 1983.

Restall, Matthew.  Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest.  Oxford UP, 2004.  Did the Aztecs think the Spaniards were gods?  Look here for Restall’s answers to this question and others like it.

Schwarz, Stuart B.  Sugar Plantations in the Formation of Brazilian Society:  Bahia, 1550-1835.  Cambridge:  Cambridge UP, 1985.  A classic study of slavery, politics, technology and class conflict in the first global industry, sugar.

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.  The Answer/La Respuesta: Including a Selection of Poems.  Critical Edition and Translation by Electa Arsenal and Amanda Powell.  New York:  Feminist Press, 1994.  Sor Juana, a Mexican nun, was one of the most important writers and scholars, men or women, in colonial Latin America, until the church hierarchy finally forced her to abandon what they saw as men’s work.  This is a bilingual edition of some of her most important work.

Stern, Steven.  Peru's Indian Peoples and the Challenge of Spanish Conquest, Huamanga to 1640.  2nd ed.  Madison:  University of Wisconsin Press, 1993.  This is a classic study of how the native people of the Andes survived, struggled, and simply lived during the first century of Spanish rule.

Tedlock, Dennis.  Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition Of The Mayan Book Of The Dawn Of Life And The Glories Of…   New York:  Simon and Schuster, 1996.  An ancient Maya religious text.

Woodward, Ralph Lee.  Central America.  3rd. ed. Oxford:  Oxford UP, 1999.

 

Modern Period (Some citations below are still incomplete; please don't use this as a model for how to make a bibliography):

Burns, E. Bradford.  The Poverty of ProgressUniversity of California Press, 1984. 

Chambers, Sarah.  From subjects to citizens : honor, gender, and politics in Arequipa, Peru, 1780-1854, University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999.  A study of the end of Spanish rule and the beginning of independence in a Peruvian City, by a leading scholar of Latin America and of women’s history.

Cortazar, Julio.  Hopscotch.  Trans. Rabassa.

De Soto, Hernando.  The Other PathPerseus Books Group, 2002.

Dunkerley, James.  Power in the Ithsmus (Verso, 1988).

Garcáa Márquez, Gabriel.  One Hundred Years of Solitude.  Trans by Rabassa (the only translation there is).

Gleijeses, Piero.  Shattered hope:  the Guatemalan revolution and the United States, 1944-1954.

Guevara, Ernesto “Che.”  Guerrilla Warfare.  Marc Becker, ed. Bison Bks Corp, 1998.
Guillermoprieto, Alma.  Looking for History : Dispatches from Latin America Pantheon Books, 2001.

Gutiérrez, Ramón.  When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846.  Stanford:  Stanford UP, 1991.  How did political and religious changes affect people’s lives?

Halperín Donghi, Tulio.  The Contemporary History of Latin America (Duke, 1993).

Hellman, Judith.  Mexican Lives.  New Press, 1995.  1565841786

Klarén, Peter.  Peru : society and nationhood in the AndesOxford University Press, 1999.   0195069285.

Lavrin, Asunción.  Latin American Women: Historical Perspectives Greenwood Press, 1978.  One of the leading scholars of Latin American women’s history.

Lomnitz, Claudio.  Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico (Minnesota, 2001)

Menchu, Rigoberta, I, Rigoberta Menchu Verso, 1987.  0860917886.

Rosenberg, Tina.  Children of CainPenguin, 1992.  0140172548. 

Sábato, Hilda.  The Many and the Few: Political Participation in Republican Buenos Aires.  (Stanford, 2001)

Safford, Frank, and Marco Palacios.  Colombia : fragmented land, divided society.  0195143124

Schwarz, Stuart B.  Sugar Plantations in the Formation of Brazilian Society:  Bahia, 1550-1835.  Cambridge:  Cambridge UP, 1985.  A classic study of slavery, politics, technology and class conflict in the first global industry, sugar.

Winn, Peter. Weavers of Revolution.  Oxford UP, 1989.  0195045580.

Womack, John.  Zapata and the Mexican RevolutionVintage, 1970.

Woodward, Ralph Lee.  Central America (3rd. Ed. Oxford, 1999)

Wright, Thomas C.  Latin America in the Era of the Cuban Revolution.  Praeger, 2000.