The Bolivia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

Rossana Barragán (Editor), Sinclair Thomson (Editor), Xavier Albó (Editor), Seemin Qayum (Editor), Mark Goodall (Editor)

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The Bolivia Reader provides a panoramic view, from antiquity to the present, of the history, culture and politics of a country known for its ethnic and regional diversity, its rich natural resources and dilemmas of economic development, and its political conflict and creativity. Featuring both classic and little-known texts ranging from fiction, memory, and poetry to government documents, journalism, and political speeches, the volume challenges stereotypes of Bolivia as a backward nation while offering insights into the country's history of mineral extraction, revolution, labor organising, indigenous peoples' movements, and much more. Whether documenting Inka rule or Spanish Conquest, three centuries at the center of Spanish empire, or the turbulent politics and cultural vibrancy of the national period, these sources - the majority of which appear in English for the first time - foreground the voices of actors from many different walks of life. Unprecedented in scope, The Bolivia Reader illustrates the historical depth and contemporary challenges of Bolivia in all their complexity.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDuke University Press
Number of pages719
ISBN (Print)9780822371526
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameThe Latin American Readers
PublisherRobin Kirk and Orin Starn


  • History
  • Bolivia
  • Civilisation
  • Politics and Government
  • Economy


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