Understanding Latin America
Alfredo Toro Hardy
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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik
-->From afar, Latin America looks like a blurry tableau: devoid of defining lines, particularities and nuances. Little is understood about the idiosyncrasies of Latin-Americans, their cultural identity and social values. Differences between Brazilians and Spanish Americans, or amid the diverse Spanish American countries, are not sufficiently understood. Even less is known about the amplitude of the Iberian heritage of such countries, or about the miscegenation and acculturation processes that took place among their different constitutive races. There is no clarity regarding the Western nature of Latin America or about its cultural affinities with Latin Europe. Nor is there sufficient understanding of the links between the Latin population of the United States and the inhabitants of Latin America.This book aims to fill the gap by focusing on Latin America's history, culture, identity and idiosyncrasies. It serves as a guide to understand regional attitudes, meanings and behavioural differences of the region. It also analyses the present economic situation of the region, while trying to predict the future of the region. Written in a simple and accessible manner, this book will be of interest to readers keen on exploring the region for potential opportunities in trade, investment or any other kind of business and cultural endeavor. -->Contents: Why Latin America?What is Iberian America?Brazil and Spanish AmericaSpanish America: One or Many?Where do Latin Americans Belong?Latin America and the United States: A DichotomyLatin America and the United States: A History in Seven ChaptersThe Revenge of the SouthWhen China Arrived from NowhereLatin America's Options --> -->Readership: Business professionals, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students interested in knowing more about Latin America and Latin American Economic Growth; business and trade federations; institutes or centers for Latin American studies in universities. -->Keywords:Latin America;Asia;Brazil;Hispanic America;United States;Latino Population in the US;China;Spain;Portugal;US-Lantin American Relations;China-Latin American Trade and InvestmentsReview:"Addressing the profound tendencies that define a highly heterogeneous region, such as Latin America, is a complex task. To be able to do so, while simultaneously explaining the similarities and commonalities that exist within the region, is even more difficult. To that it should be added the important achievement of recreating a historical journey spanning several centuries, in a coherent, clear, thorough and pleasant manner. Alfredo Toro Hardy's excellent book, Understanding Latin America: A Decoding Guide, provides a key to this region and to its historical cycles and current challenges."Francisco Rojas AravenaRector of the United Nations University for the Peace"Ambassador Toro Hardy's book is most important and timely. I have enjoyed reading the book and gained many new insights about the countries of Latin America from it."Tommy KohChairman of the National University of Singapore Centre for International Law"Alfredo Toro Hardy is the quintessential scholar-diplomat. There is nobody more qualified to have produced this timely new volume. Understanding Latin America is an admirably sophisticated yet succinct guide to the historical milestones, political movements and economic trends that everyone should grasp when dealing with the dynamic markets stretching from Mexico to Argentina."Parag KhannaBest-selling authorSenior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy"Alfredo Toro Hardy is one of the world's leading authorities on the developing countries and Latin America in particular. A prolific and eloquent author with an immense global experience. This new book of his is a must-read for those interested in Latin America's vibrant history, economics and culture."Robert HarveyAuthor of Liberators: Latin America's Struggle for Independence "This is a most welcome survey of Latin America. The text displays an exceptional knowledge of modern history and the contemporary scene, from economics to culture. Alfredo Toro Hardy is a highly experienced diplomat but here he does not duck the difficult judgements and demanding prescriptions that an honest survey demands."James DunkerleyFormer Director, Institute of the Americas at University College London "Ambassador Toro Hardy masterfully combines his vast knowledge of the region with his extensive experience as a diplomat, to decipher the historical and cultural realities of Latin America. This timely book is a must read for anyone attempting to understand the changing landscape of Latin America in the second decade of the 21st century."Angelo Rivero SantosAcademic Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University "There is a great deal that Asians countries have to learn about the Latin American republics that are so different in many ways. This book by Alfredo Toro Hardy, a distinguished author and diplomat, goes a long way towards filling this gap and will be essential reading for all Asians seeking to increase their understanding of Latin America."Victor Bullmer-ThomasFormer Director, Chatham House"This is a necessary guide for understanding Latin America. A key to decipher the myth of that foreign land and a window into its wide horizons."Xu ShichengCo-founder, Institute of Latin American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Key Features:One of the very few books on Latin America that serves as a guide for those seeking potential trade and business opportunities in Latin America