What if Latin America Ruled the World? by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
How the South Will Take the North Through the 21st Century

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For too many of us, Latin America exists "below the fold," an echo barely heard beyond the roar of U.S. economics, politics, and culture; the source of little more than dance steps, mesmerizing soccer, spicy food, and questionable politics.

But Latin America has been a vital part of the global community since the seventeenth century, when the Spanish silver peso became the world's first global currency instrument. Today it is home to six hundred million people and some of the fastest-growing economies on the planet. Latin America may not outshine or outspend the United States on the world stage anytime soon, but its voices will be heard. Its consumers, resources, and emigrants are already affecting us; they will be even bigger factors in our future.

What if Latin America Ruled the World? deftly braids together the histories of North and South America from the exploits of Hernán Cortés to the political showmanship of Hugo Chávezand Evo Morales. Scholar Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is an ideal guide for a searching portrait of the Latin America that we rarely hear about.

 

About Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera teaches international law and international affairs at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has served as an aide to the Colombian Congress and as a consultant to the United Nations in South America. He has lectured in law, philosphy, and politics on three continents.
 
Published October 4, 2010 by Bloomsbury Press. 492 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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An expert in the region makes the case for the rise of Latin America.

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The US is already on the way to becoming a Latin American country, with the immense pro-immigrant marches of recent years in American cities resembling the huge popular mobilisations that have led to political change in Latin America.

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As the Great Recession rolled across the globe in 2008, the economies of Latin America proved unexpectedly resilient—a happy occurrence that legal scholar Guardiola-Rivera credits to the majority of Latin American societies veering away from the neoliberal paradigm and the shadow of the empire ...

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they will be even bigger factors in our future.What if Latin America Ruled the World? deftly braids together the histories of North and South America from the exploits of Hernán Cortés to the political showmanship of Hugo Chávezand Evo Morales.

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There is no clear answer to the question he poses in his title but he does offer insights into pre-Columbian ideas of land ownership and management, the importance of race issues in Latin America and the work of economists such as Raúl Prebisch, which, although ridiculed when free-market economic...

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