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  • Defining the Caymanian Identityby Christopher A. Williams

    Lexington Books 2015; US$ 89.99

    This book analyzes the factions and schisms surging throughout the multicultural, multiethnic, and polarized Cayman Islands to identify who or what is considered a Caymanian. Caymanian traditions have all but been eclipsed, often due to incoming, overpowering cultural sensibilities; with this idea in mind, Williams investigates the pervasive effects... more...

  • Volunteering for a Causeby Silvia Marina Arrom

    University of New Mexico Press 2016; US$ 29.95

    This thoughtful study challenges a number of widespread assumptions about the role of Catholicism in Mexican history by examining two related Catholic charities: the male Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. more...

  • Myths of Demilitarization in Postrevolutionary Mexico, 1920-1960by Thomas Rath

    The University of North Carolina Press 2013; US$ 24.99

    At the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1920, Mexico's large, rebellious army dominated national politics. By the 1940s, Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) was led by a civilian president and claimed to have depoliticized the army and achieved the bloodless pacification of the Mexican countryside through land reform, schooling, and indigenismo... more...

  • Fear and Memory in the Brazilian Army and Society, 1889-1954by Shawn C. Smallman

    The University of North Carolina Press 2003; US$ 29.99

    For more than half a century, the Brazilian army used fear and censorship to erase aspects of its history from public memory and to create its own political myths. Although the military had remarkable success in promoting its version of events, recent democratization has allowed scholars access to new materials with which to challenge the "official... more...

  • Death Squads or Self-Defense Forces?by Julie Mazzei

    The University of North Carolina Press 2009; US$ 25.99

    In an era when the global community is confronted with challenges posed by violent nonstate organizations--from FARC in Colombia to the Taliban in Afghanistan--our understanding of the nature and emergence of these groups takes on heightened importance. Julie Mazzei's timely study offers a comprehensive analysis of the dynamics that facilitate the... more...

  • Yankee Don't Go Home!by Julio Moreno

    The University of North Carolina Press 2004; US$ 29.99

    In the aftermath of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, Mexican and U.S. political leaders, business executives, and ordinary citizens shaped modern Mexico by making industrial capitalism the key to upward mobility into the middle class, material prosperity, and a new form of democracy--consumer democracy. Julio Moreno describes how Mexico's industrial capitalism... more...

  • Recreating Africaby James H. Sweet

    The University of North Carolina Press 2004; US$ 29.99

    Exploring the cultural lives of African slaves in the early colonial Portuguese world, with an emphasis on the more than one million Central Africans who survived the journey to Brazil, James Sweet lifts a curtain on their lives as Africans rather than as incipient Brazilians. Focusing first on the cultures of Central Africa from which the slaves came--Ndembu,... more...

  • The Political Ecology of Bananasby Lawrence S. Grossman

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    This study of banana contract farming in the Eastern Caribbean explores the forces that shape contract-farming enterprises everywhere--capital, the state, and the environment. Employing the increasingly popular framework of political ecology, which highlights the dynamic linkages between political-economic forces and human-environment relationships,... more...

  • The Book of Salsaby César Miguel Rondón

    The University of North Carolina Press 2008; US$ 23.99

    Salsa is one of the most popular types of music listened to and danced to in the United States. Until now, the single comprehensive history of the music--and the industry that grew up around it, including musicians, performances, styles, movements, and production--was available only in Spanish. This lively translation provides for English-reading and... more...

  • Our Own Backyardby William M. LeoGrande

    The University of North Carolina Press 2009; US$ 29.99

    For good or ill, LeoGrande argues, Central America's fate hinged on decisions that were subject to intense struggles among, and within, Congress, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the White House--decisions over which Central Americans themselves had little influence. Like the domestic turmoil unleashed by Vietnam, he says,... more...