History: Life under Spanish rule, independence and war, the revolution of 1952. Politics and Economics: Political parties, trade unions, grassroots movements, free market reforms. Society: The migration to the cities, and the influences of Brazil and Argentina. Culture: Indian idenity, the idigenismo movement, music and religion, media and censorship.
With spectacular colonial architecture, dramatic landscapes and unique wildlife Ecuador is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America. However rising activism and controversy over the impact of oil companies in the Jungle mean that this is a nation with an uncertain future.
Costa Rica in Focus describes contemporary Costa Rica for the reader with an interest in the country, going into the subject more deeply than a general tourist guide. Topics covered include social tensions, women's and Amerindian rights, illegal migration, the economy, eco-tourism, sport and history.
Covering the geography, history, economy, sociology and culture in clear well researched chapters, this informative book also descibes must see landmarks and historical sites as well as the author's expert tips on how to get the most out of a brief visit.
Forget the mass-produced tortilla chips and E-flavoured salsa dips. Discover the taste of real Latin American food, as diverse as its beautiful landscapes, drawing on age-old indigenous recipes with influences from Spain, Portugal and Africa. From the snow-capped mountains of the Andes there is drunken chicken, potatoes with walnut, cheese, and chilli sauce and corn arepas stuffed with cream cheese; from th...
Despite the arrival of the ¿New Dawn' as prophesised by the Maya, Guatemala is still a country beset with social tension and disparities in wealth. Topics covered include: History: From the classic Maya to the Colonial period; Politics: The long night of military rule, human rights and the peace process; Economy and Society: The wealth of the land, the private sector and development alternatives; Religion a...
Cuba is in crisis. After 35 years of one-party rule, the island stands on the brink of dramatic change. Its economy destroyed by the collapse of the eastern bloc, its people suffering increasing hardship, Cuba's unique political and social structures are close to collapse. What is life like in Cuba at this decisive moment in its history?
A collection of enlightening essays and extracts from historians, anthropologists and novelists on various themes: Colonialism and revolution, poverty and urban life, Religion and culture, literature and language.
If you are unsure whether Pinochet should be deported from Britain or not, this account should help you make up your mind. Using interviews, eyewitness accounts and masses of other evidence, veteran journalist Hugh O'Shaughnessy uncovered new evidence of high-level Chilean Army involvement in arms, drug-running, assassinations and torture.