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Lightning Warrior: Maya Art and Kingship at Quirigua by Matthew G. Looper

By Matthew G. Looper

The old Maya urban of Quirigua occupied a crossroads among Copan within the southeastern Maya highlands and the foremost facilities of the Peten heartland. even though regularly a comparatively small urban, Quirigua sticks out due to its public monuments, which have been a few of the maximum achievements of vintage Maya civilization. notable not just for his or her vast dimension, excessive sculptural caliber, and eloquent hieroglyphic texts, the sculptures of Quirigua also are one of many few entire, in situ sequence of Maya monuments wherever, which makes them a vital resource of data approximately historical Maya spirituality and political perform inside a selected historic context.

Using epigraphic, iconographic, and stylistic analyses, this learn explores the built-in political-religious meanings of Quirigua's enormous sculptures throughout the eighth-century A.D. reign of the city's most famed ruler, K'ak' Tiliw. specifically, Matthew Looper makes a speciality of the position of stelae and different sculpture in representing the personality of the ruler not just as a political authority but additionally as a manifestation of varied supernatural entities with whom he was once linked via ritual functionality. by means of tracing this sculptural software from its Early vintage beginnings throughout the reigns of K'ak' Tiliw and his successors, and in addition by means of linking it to practices at Copan, Looper bargains very important new insights into the politico-religious historical past of Quirigua and its ties to different vintage Maya facilities, the position of kingship in Maya society, and the advance of Maya art.

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Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis by John D. Early

By John D. Early

In his most up-to-date e-book, The Maya and Catholicism: An stumble upon of Worldviews, John Early tested the connection among the Maya and the Catholic Church from the 16th century throughout the colonial and early nationwide classes. In Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis, he returns to delve into the altering worldviews of those teams within the moment 1/2 the 20th century--a interval of serious turmoil for both.
     Drawing on his own reports as a graduate pupil, a Roman Catholic priest within the quarter and his huge archival learn, Early constructs distinctive case histories of the Maya uprisings opposed to the governments of Guatemala and Mexico, exploring Liberation Catholicism’s crucial position in those rebellions in addition to within the evolutions of Maya and Catholic theologies. His meticulous and insightful research is crucial to figuring out Maya politics, society, and faith within the past due 20th century.

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The Rough Guide to Belize (Rough Guides) by Peter Eltringham

By Peter Eltringham

The tough consultant to Belize is the final word shuttle consultant to this exact kingdom, with transparent maps and unique insurance of the entire top points of interest, from the gorgeous, sun-washed cayes to the hovering Mayan pyramids. realize Belize's highlights with wonderful images and broad info on every little thing from the country's incredible Barrier Reef - the longest within the Western Hemisphere - to its mist-shrouded jungles. locate particular useful recommendation on what to determine and do in Belize, counting on up to date descriptions of the simplest motels, motels, spas, and eating places for all budgets. "The tough advisor to Belize" additionally gains full-colour sections that includes Belize's most suitable underwater existence, plus its old Mayan pyramids and websites. discover each nook of Belize with extra ordinary maps than the other guidebook. utilize some time in the world with "The tough advisor to Belize".

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From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American Commodity Chains and by Steven Topik, Carlos Marichal, Zephyr Frank

By Steven Topik, Carlos Marichal, Zephyr Frank

Demonstrating that globalization is a centuries-old phenomenon, From Silver to Cocaine examines the commodity chains that experience attached manufacturers in Latin the USA with shoppers all over the world for 5 hundred years. In transparent, obtainable essays, historians from Latin the United States, England, and the U.S. hint the trails of lots of Latin America’s most vital exports: espresso, bananas, rubber, sugar, tobacco, silver, henequen (fiber), fertilizers, cacao, cocaine, indigo, and cochineal (insects used to make dye). each one contributor follows a particular commodity from its inception, via its improvement and shipping, to its ultimate vacation spot within the fingers of customers. The essays are prepared in chronological order, in accordance with while the creation of a specific commodity grew to become major to Latin America’s economic system. Some—such as silver, sugar, and tobacco—were actively produced and traded within the 16th century; others—such as bananas and rubber—only on the finish of the 19th century; and cocaine basically within the twentieth.

By concentrating on altering styles of construction and intake over the years, the members reconstruct advanced webs of relationships and monetary approaches, highlighting Latin America’s significant and interactive position on this planet financial system. They convey how adjustments in espresso intake conduct, garments models, drug utilization, or tire applied sciences in Europe, Asia, and the Americas reverberate via Latin American commodity chains in profound methods. The social and fiscal results of the continent’s export adventure were combined. through reading the dynamics of a variety of commodities over a five-hundred-year interval, From Silver to Cocaine highlights this variety whilst that it offers a foundation for comparability and issues to new methods of doing international history.

Contributors. Marcelo Bucheli, Horacio Crespo, Zephyr Frank, Paul Gootenberg, Robert Greenhill, Mary Ann Mahony, Carlos Marichal, David McCreery, Rory Miller, Aldo Musacchio, Laura Nater, Ian learn, Mario Samper, Steven Topik, Allen Wells

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The Rough Guide to Costa Rica 5 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) by Rough Guides, Jean McNeil

By Rough Guides, Jean McNeil

Utilize a while with The tough consultant to Costa Rica, the definitive better half to this peaceable vacation spot. The full-colour part introduces Costa Rica’s highlights, from the magnificent sunsets on the Pacific coast seashore of S?mara to taking a ship journey handed the luxuriant tropical crops and vibrant wood homes that line the Tortuguero Canal. utilizing educated bills, clue-up on the entire distant seashores, lively volcanoes and wildlife-rich parks, plus the entire unforgettable websites of the capital urban, San Jose. The consultant positive factors useful suggestions for exploring the outside from hiking the plush cloudforest reserve at Monteverde to rafting down the rivers of Valle relevant. there are many sensible pointers on all of the most sensible lodging, transportation, retailers, bars and golf equipment and an insightful heritage on Costa Rica’s flora and fauna, politics and tradition. discover the easiest of Costa Rica with the clearest maps of any consultant.

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Frommer's Nicaragua and El Salvador (Frommer's Complete) by Charlie O'Malley

By Charlie O'Malley

El Salvador's Pacific Coast is known for its very good browsing. See bankruptcy 18 for the place to seize the easiest waves.

  • Detailed maps all through
  • specific costs, instructions, commencing hours,and different functional info

  • Candid stories of inns and restaurants,plus points of interest, buying, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, strolling excursions, and trip-planning principles

  • Insider guidance from neighborhood specialist authors

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A Natural History of Belize: Inside the Maya Forest by Samuel Bridgewater

By Samuel Bridgewater

Belize's Chiquibul woodland is likely one of the biggest ultimate expanses of tropical wet wooded area in imperative the USA. It varieties a part of what's popularly referred to as the Maya woodland. Battered by means of hurricanes over hundreds of thousands of years, occupied by means of the Maya for millions of years, and logged for centuries, this environment has tested its notable ecological resilience via its persevered lifestyles into the twenty-first century. regardless of its heritage of disturbance, or even partially as a result of it, the Maya wooded area is ranked as a huge neighborhood biodiversity scorching spot and offers many of the final nearby habitats for endangered species reminiscent of the jaguar, the scarlet macaw, Baird's tapir, and Morelet's crocodile.

A traditional background of Belize offers for the 1st time an in depth portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of the Maya woodland, and Belize extra widely, in a layout available to a well-liked viewers. it's established partly at the examine findings of scientists learning at Las Cuevas study Station within the Chiquibul wooded area. The publication is exclusive in demystifying a number of the massive medical debates with regards to rainforests. those contain "Why are tropical forests so diverse?"; "How do wildlife evolve?"; and "How do species interact?" by means of targeting the ecotourism paradise of Belize, this publication illustrates how technological know-how has solved many of the riddles that when confused the likes of Charles Darwin, and likewise exhibits the way it will help us in coping with our planet and woodland assets correctly sooner or later.

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In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American by Geoffroy de Laforcade, Kirwin R. Shaffer

By Geoffroy de Laforcade, Kirwin R. Shaffer

“A pioneering choice of essays at the international of anarchists, anarcho-syndicalists and libertarian thinkers in Latin America.”—Barry Carr, coeditor of The New Latin American Left: Cracks within the Empire
“An vital contribution to a contemporary pattern which sees anarchism no longer as derived from a ecu heart yet as a real Latin American phenomenon.”—Bert Altena, coeditor of Reassessing the Transnational flip: Scales of study in Anarchist and Syndicalist Studies
“Thoughtful, well-researched, and well-written. As a suite, this is going a ways to furthering our knowing not only of anarchism in Latin the US, yet of anarchism extra generally.”—Mark Leier, writer of Bakunin: The artistic Passion.

during this groundbreaking choice of essays, anarchism in Latin the USA turns into even more than a prelude to populist and socialist hobbies. The members illustrate a way more colossal, differentiated, and energetic anarchist presence within the area that advanced on simultaneous—transnational, nationwide, neighborhood, and local—fronts.
Representing a brand new wave of transnational scholarship, those essays learn city and rural hobbies, indigenous resistance, race, gender, sexuality, and social and academic experimentation. they provide numerous views on anarchism’s position in shaping rules approximately nationalism, identification, prepared exertions, and counterculture throughout a large swath of Latin America. 

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The Cuba Commission Report: A Hidden History of the Chinese by Professor Denise Helly

By Professor Denise Helly

Presents historical past info and establishes the context for this episode within the overseas heritage of work in addition to within the histories of Cuba, Caribbean plantations, and the in a foreign country Chinese."--Journal of financial Literature.

In 1873, triggered via stories of such abuse within the Spanish colony of Cuba, the govt of China despatched an Imperial undertaking to enquire the dwelling and dealing stipulations of chinese language workers at the island's sugar plantations. the end result was once The Cuba fee document, a ugly checklist of the event of chinese language employees in Cuba, corroborated by way of enormous quantities of depositions taken from the employees themselves. This softcover version reproduces the English-language textual content that was once a part of the unique document of 1876. In a different word to the reader, Rebecca Scott and Sidney Mintz describe the types of knowledge contained during this amazing record. "This is, certainly, hard work background and migration history," writes Helly, "but of a type infrequently narrated in so terrifying a fashion.

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