The Political Development Of Latin America Essay

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The historical political development of Latin America is one that has been wroth with bloodshed, disagreement, and ultimately compromise. As we begin to analyze this area of the globe and its current state of political development—ranging from the impending impeachment of Brazilian President, Dilma Rouseff to the crippling democracy occurring under the quasi-dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro—it is important to critically engage with the historical trends and values which gave rise to a continent of liberal democracies. John Charles Chasteen’s Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle For Independence is seminal to understanding Latin American politics and history as it engages with the historical battles—both ideological and practical—in which leaders throughout the claims of both the Portuguese and Spanish Crown had to endure in order to gain independence. In addition, Chasteen also tries to engage with the notion of race and ethnicity in relation to aftermath of these historical battles for independence as well. A storied professor, the author, John Chasteen, currently serves as a Professor of History at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is the author of multiple texts that particularly focus on the historiography of Latin America, including but not limited to Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America (2011), National Rhythms, African Roots: The Deep History of Latin America (2004), and Heroes on Horseback: A Life and Times of the Last Guacho…

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