Publications about Latin America and the Caribbean

Introductory bibliography for UiB LAC conference

We have put together a list of suggested reading on themes relating to Latin America and the Caribbean.

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These recommendations are made in conjunction with the 4-5 September 2023 conference on Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of Bergen. 

  • The official hashtag for the conference is #uibLAC23

General surveys/introductions

Berryman, Phillip. Latin America at 200: A New Introduction. First edition. Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016. (384 pages)

Chasteen, John Charles. Born in Blood & Fire: A Concise History of Latin America. Fourth edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2016. (432 pages)

Clayton, Lawrence A., Michael L. Conniff, and Susan M. Gauss. A New History of Modern Latin America. Third edition. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2017. (712 pages)

Garrard, Virginia, Peter V. N. Henderson, and Bryan McCann. Latin America in the Modern World. Second edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2023. (560 pages)

Galeano, Eduardo. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. 25th anniversary ed. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1997. (360 pages)

Grandin, Greg. Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Making of an Imperial Republic. Updated and Expanded. New York: Picador, 2021. (368 pages)

Halperín Donghi, Tulio, and John Charles Chasteen. The Contemporary History of Latin America. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993. (427 pages)

Meade, Teresa A. A History of Modern Latin America: 1800 to the Present. Third edition. Concise History of the Modern World. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2023. (432 pages)

Munck, Gerardo L., and Juan Pablo Luna. Latin American Politics and Society: A Comparative and Historical Analysis. 1 Edition. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2022. (658 pages)

Smith, Peter H., and James Naylor Green. Modern Latin America. Ninth edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. (560 pages)

Soluri, John, Claudia Feierabend Baeta Leal, and José Augusto Pádua, eds. A Living Past: Environmental Histories of Modern Latin America. The Environment in History, Volume 13. New York Oxford: Berghahn, 2019. (310 pages)

Health session

"Inequities in health and health systems in Latin America and the Caribbean". Article collection from International Journal for Equity in Health. Edited by: Pablo Gaitán Rossi, Daniela Rodríguez, Ana Lorena Ruano, and Daniel Maceira.