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Encyclopedia of Modern Latin America (1900 to the Present)
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  • Authored by: Thomas M. Leonard, General Editor
  • From the Series: Latin American History and Culture
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  • ISBN-10: 1438163479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-6347-5
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 04/01/2017
  • Dewey Number: 980
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up


Authoritative yet accessible, the Encyclopedia of Modern Latin America (1900 to the Present) covers the history and culture of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, focusing on Latin America as it asserts itself in international politics, experiences the effects of globalization, and becomes an influential area worldwide, from the 20th century through the present day. This volume offers in-depth A-to-Z entries, drawing readers into the events and daily lives and achievements of the people who occupied the area during this period.

The encyclopedia begins with an introduction to the modern period, followed by a detailed chronology. A collection of primary source documents gives a firsthand account of the major developments of the era. A glossary, suggested readings, and dozens of color images and maps round out this attractive and reliable resource.

Entries include:

  • Acción Comunal
  • Michelle Bachelet
  • Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA)
  • Chilean Mine Disaster, 2010
  • Cuban missile crisis
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Vicente Fox
  • Haiti, earthquake of 2010
  • Mauricio Macri
  • Operation Uphold Democracy
  • Pan-American Highway
  • Port-au-Prince
  • Radio and TV Martí
  • Student movement in Mexico.



About the Author(s)

General editor Thomas M. Leonard, Ph.D., is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of North Florida where he established and directed the International Studies Program and taught courses in Latin American history and U.S. foreign policy. He received a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's University, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. from American University. Among Leonard's publications on U.S.-Latin American relations are The United States and Central America, 1944–1949Panama, the Canal and the United StatesLatin America during World War II; and United States-Latin American Relations, 1850–1903. He also authored the Encyclopedia of Cuban-United States Relations and two unique reference works: Day By Day: The Forties and Day By Day: The Seventies. Leonard received the presidential medal from his undergraduate alma mater, Mount St. Mary's University, in recognition of his contributions to the academic community.

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