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In this overview text on modern Latin American history, Monteon (Univ. of California, San Diego) sets out to trace the historical origins of contemporary Latin America in the way in which power has been exercised and resisted in postindependence Latin America. He proposes to examine these issues through a focus on the city as the political and geographical site where power is concentrated and exercised. In postindependence Latin America, the population as a whole, and especially rural dwellers, did not become citizens, since political society did not provide them with the combination of rights and suffrage that defines the exercise of citizenship. Unfortunately, Monteon does not define his terms. His generalizations do not stand up to analytical scrutiny, and they confuse more than they illuminate. A curious combination of detailed empirical narrative and chronological and topical jumps make unclear any broader narrative thread. Additionally, the tendency to conflate different countries from extremely diverse parts of the region creates a false impression of similarity from one case to another. While too general to appeal to graduate students or researchers, this book is too confusing for general readers. Summing Up: Not recommended. F. E. Mallon University of Wisconsin--Madison
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