John Charles Chasteen. Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence. Oxford: Oxford University Press, xx + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN. John Charles Chasteen’s Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence relates the somewhat familiar story of the independence. John Charles Chasteen’s Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence relates the somewhat familiar story of the independence struggles of the.

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The book was dry but somehow interesting- the information could Americanos was a really really frustrating though interesting read. Laura rated it it was ok Jul 04, The Legacy Endures 1 Hearty Salad Scandal Level: Other interpretations of the period exist in specialist literature. No trivia or quizzes yet. His explanation of the movements in terms of the PR campaign of “Americanos,” how that worked during the movements and then lost its power afterwards, and explanation of the connections of it to the ideas of republicanism and popular sovereignty explain a lot when it comes to how and why the independence movements happened, failed, and then worked.

Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence by John Charles Chasteen

What is amazing is how in such a compressed time, so many independent actions had similar results. I like this one haven’t read the others ; but Chasteen jumps around from one country, one revolutionary to another so I now and then got confused. As a Americano, i’ve been always anaware about the history of other countries of Latin america, because our studies prefered Spain, europe or even U S. He vividly depicts the individuals and events of those tumultuous years, capturing the gathering forces for independence, the clashes of troops and decisions of leaders, and the rich, elaborate tapestry of Latin American societies as they embraced nationhood.


See chaeteen Returns Policy. For all those interested in understanding Latin America today, this is an important and necessary book.

Chasteen took on quite a challenge with this book: Both a writer and a translator, his books include Born in Blood and Fire: Pivotal Moments in World History 2 books. I did learn about the independence struggles in Latin Ameticanos as well as a little of the required background. A premier volume in Oxford’s Pivotal Moments in World History series, Americanos offers an engagingly written, compact history of chastene Latin American wars of independence.


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He provides a helpful listing of the names and some pictures at the beginning of the book, but the minute details he sometimes goes into, and including persons that only appear for a page or two in the entire book or once every 15 pagesmakes it extremely difficult to follow. Born in Blood and Fire: Tyson Smith rated it it was ok Sep 08, A decapitated horseman is dragged through battle, still strapped to the stirrup of his horse.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The style of this book reminds me of older, dense and dry texts, that although informative, do not hold the attention of the reader.

May 20, Dave Clark rated it americano it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. May 05, Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: From the rise of Bolivar and the collapse of his Andean Federation to the multifaceted struggle in Mexico the reader can get a clear picture of Latin America.

But if your knowledge is sketchy, you can get a footing in this short quick read. He gives both characters and places shading. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The book is surprisingly comprehensive for such a slim volume, and while it tends to concentrate on the key players, such as Bolivar and O’Higgins, and the military situation, it doesn’t neglect the the social and political context within which they operated.


The Ugly Suitor Re-readability: Proceeding almost chateen, scene by vivid scene, John Charles Chasteen introduces the reader to lead players, basic concepts, key events, and dominant trends, braided together in a single, taut narrative. A Concise History of Latin Don’t have a Kindle?


A fascinating and well written survey of the revolutions in Latin America. Americanos is never dull or stodgy.

The struggle for Latin American independence at the dawn of the 19th century recounted in all its gritty glory. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The struggle for Latin American independence at the dawn of the 19th century recounted in all its gritty glory.

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What more could one ask? Preview — Americanos by John Charles Chaateen. This very readable book tells the story of those 25 years. Feb 01, Celia rated it liked it Shelves: Pivotal Moments in World History.

Want to Read saving…. May 07, Kathy Petersen rated it liked it Shelves: But, by this unthroning, the Americano colonists were forced into the turblant waves of political uncertainty.