John Charles Chasteen (Author, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Born in Blood and Fire, Fourth Edition has been extensively revised to heighten. John Charles Chasteen presents a compelling narrative of the Latin American experience, Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America. Born in Blood and Fire has ratings and reviews. Lauren said: John Charles Chasteen Be the first to ask a question about Born in Blood and Fire.

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In 10 chapters, he dire the history of Latin America’s large number of societies into chronological themes like colonial society, independence, post-independence struggles, and the liberal age of Progress Chapters I’ve assigned this book for my first semester teaching Latin American History on my own. Things were presented mostly logically, and Views Read Edit View history. The periodic maps are well suited but perhaps more visual information is wanting.

Cart Support Signed in as: The reason I couldn’t give it a full raving review is that I believe it’s geared to be used as a text, and this man doesn’t cite his sources.

Buy Born in Blood and Fire: That, and his bias fite all over every page. Born in Blood and Fire: Born in Blood and Fire was an engaging read, with a good structural chaxteen, and entertaining where it could have been dense and boring.

Born in Blood and FireFourth Edition has been extensively revised to heighten emphasis on current cultural analyses of Latin American society and facilitate meaningful connections between the Encounter and the cahsteen. Kevin Phillips talked about his book The Cousins’ Wars: Chasteeen was disappointed by that, but did see that inhe published a sister guide focusing on primary sources and ownvoices.

I r While I generally pride myself on being a well-rounded individual, I will readily confess that knowledge of Latin American history is one of my blind spots. Jan 03, Sophia Pandelidis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Howard would indeed be proud. January 24, Born in Blood and Fire: I also understood the historical beginning of Latin American idolization of the U. Sep 10, Keith rated it liked it Shelves: A History of U. Open Preview See a Problem?


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I had taken course in undergrad that covered most of this material, but this book was a good refresher. Lists with This Book. There is also a companion book called Born in Blood and Fire: I read the second edition, published inbut the most recent edition is the fourth, which just came out in June, Jul 24, Colin Kemmis rated it it was ok.

A section at the end of each chapter highlights a particular phenomenon, and there are black and white photos at the beginning of each chapter and each of these end segments, with some good charts interspersed. First of all, the second edition is riddle with typographical errors aand annotation errors.

Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America

A history of a continent and a half cannot be contained in pages plus sourcesbut Chasteen gives it his best shot. Great introduction to Latin American history for those with little background. It’s as though Chasteen simply got tired of writing and let the book sort of dissolve. I’ve assigned this book for my first semester teaching Latin American History on my own.

The book is well written, something that seems to be lacking in most history books I’ve read. A major theme is how the “original sin” of the Spanish and Portuguese conquests and the white-dominated societies that they set up has affected the history of the region. The Fourth Edition features the best scholarship and cutting-edge interpretations as it integrates up-to-date cultural analyses on race, gender, and class into the narrative.


Societies with few rich people with great power and privilege, many poor with seemingly little chance to improve their lives, and a birn middle class are the rule in the region, while economic opportunity and real democracy have been rare.

Dec 19, Mark Taylor rated it really liked it.

This is a very readable history. Your request has been submitted. A Concise History of Latin America. Chasteen talked about the challenge of writing this book and the challenge of telling the story of nineteen Latin American countries as a single unit. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

This book says “concise” in the title and so I feel wrong for faulting it.

Haven’t really finished all of it since we were reading excerpts for a class. It would have been nice to get a little more insight into bloid of these leading players, but I understand the difficulty in recapping five hundred years of history for more than twenty countries in less than pages.

The remaining seventeen nations are sprinkled throughout the text, serving as examples of variations on common themes and patterns throughout Latin American history. Books by John Charles Chasteen. It offers the usual summary of political and historical events in Latin America for Brazil is discussed almost as much as the Hispanophone countrieswith a few moments where the author clears up a few things that either are misconceptions or what he considers to be so.

It was laid out well time period wisebut seemed like a mediocre effort in general. First, inclined for a four, blooc a two, so going for a three. Account Options Sign in.