New acquisitions Mexico (May 2018)

Where the river ends : contested indigeneity in the Mexican Colorado Delta / Shaylih Muehlmann Living in the northwest of Mexico, the Cucapá people have relied on fishing as a means of subsistence for generations, but in the last several decades, that practice has been curtailed by water scarcity and government restrictions. The Colorado River... Continue Reading →


New book in the collection: The first export era revisited

This book challenges the wide-ranging generalizations that dominate the literature on the impact of export-led growth upon Latin America during the first export era. The contributors to this volume contest conventional approaches, stemming from structuralism and dependency theory, which portray a rather negative view of the impact of nineteenth-century globalization upon Latin America. It has... Continue Reading →

New e-books (May 2018 I)

Illegal markets, violence, and inequality : evidence from a Brazilian Metropolis / Jean Daudelin, José Luiz Ratton This book challenges the quasi-consensus that Latin American countries dominate global homicide rankings mainly due to the illegal nature of drug production and trafficking. Building on US scholarship that looks at the role of social exclusion and discriminatory policing in... Continue Reading →

New acquisitions Argentina (May 2018)

Making citizens in Argentina / edited by Benjamin Bryce and David M.K. Sheinin Making Citizens in Argentina charts the evolving meanings of citizenship in Argentina from the 1880s to the 1980s. Against the backdrop of immigration, science, race, sport, populist rule, and dictatorship, the contributors analyze the power of the Argentine state and other social... Continue Reading →

New book in the collection: Manifest destinies

Manifest Destinies tells the story of the original Mexican Americans—the people living in northern Mexico in 1846 during the onset of the Mexican American War. The war abruptly came to an end two years later, and 115,000 Mexicans became American citizens overnight. Yet their status as full-fledged Americans was tenuous at best.  Due to a... Continue Reading →

New acquisitions Bolivia & Peru (May 2018)

Framing a lost city : science, photography, and the making of Machu Picchu / Amy Cox Hall When Hiram Bingham, a historian from Yale University, first saw Machu Picchu in 1911, it was a ruin obscured by overgrowth whose terraces were farmed a by few families. A century later, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO world... Continue Reading →

New acquisitions Ecuador & Colombia (May 2018)

The FBI in Latin America : the Ecuador files / Marc Becker During the Second World War, the FDR administration placed the FBI in charge of political surveillance in Latin America. Through a program called the Special Intelligence Service (SIS), 700 agents were assigned to combat Nazi influence in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. The... Continue Reading →

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