A History of Latin America

  • AUTHORS: Benjamin Keen; Keith Haynes
  • ISBN-13: 9781111841454 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 656 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 9th Edition
  • ©2013     Published
  • Prices are valid only in the respective region


About The Product

This best-selling text for introductory Latin American history courses encompasses political and diplomatic theory, class structure and economic organization, culture and religion, and the environment. The integrating framework is the dependency theory, the most popular interpretation of Latin American history, which stresses the economic relationship of Latin American nations to wealthier nations, particularly the United States. Spanning pre-historic times to the present, A HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA takes both a chronological and a nation-by-nation approach, and includes the most recent historical analysis and the most up-to-date scholarship. The Ninth Edition includes expanded coverage of social and cultural history (including music) throughout and increased attention to women, indigenous cultures, and Afro-Latino people assures well balanced coverage of the region's diverse histories.


  • The text is divided into three major parts; timelines and part overviews for each of these parts help to highlight major themes and parallel developments among different regions of the Latin American world. Timelines define the sequence of events for each major section of the text.
  • Introductory and concluding paragraphs connect each chapter in the narrative. New chapter timelines provide a more detailed chronology for the region under discussion.
  • Key terms appear in bold type and are defined where first introduced. All the key terms and their definitions appear in an expanded glossary on the companion website.
  • An introductory chapter on the geographic background of Latin American history provides much-needed background on how the geography and environmental resources have shaped development of the larger region.
  • Chapter 10 examines the roles of slavery, emancipation, and race in shaping the post-colonial search for independent national identities in Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, and Peru.
  • New chapter timelines offer a birds-eye view of the timeframe for each chapter--which can be used to help place the reading in context and compare regions to one another.

About the Contributor

  • Benjamin Keen

    Benjamin Keen (PhD, Yale University) was professor Emeritus from Northern Illinois University. He was a leading scholar in the field of Latin American history, particularly the colonial period in Mexico. Although retired from active teaching for some years, Keen continued to research, write, and lecture until his death in late 2002.

  • Keith Haynes

    Keith Haynes (PhD 1981 Northern Illinois University) is Professor of History at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where he has taught Latin American and U.S. diplomatic history for more than 20 years.

New to this Edition

  • Focus Questions highlight the major themes in each chapter.