The History of Chile
, 2nd Edition
by John L. Rector
June 2019, 359pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6372-1
$63, 53€, A90
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6373-8
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Chile is a Latin American success story: It recovered from 17 years of military rule, restored democratic institutions, and developed an economy which offers jobs to incoming immigrants.

This accessible chapter book, ideal for students and general readers alike, examines the political, social, and cultural history of Chile.

Updated and revised from its 2003 edition, The History of Chile serves as a foundational text for those studying and interested in learning about this South American nation. Eleven chronologically-arranged chapters will guide readers through Chilean history, from prehistory to present day. Chapters examine topics such as the origins of Chileans, Chile’s period as a Spanish colony, Augusto Pinochet’s rule, the country’s transition to democracy, and today’s challenges in 2018–2019. A timeline, glossary, and appendix of Notable Individuals in the History of Chile round out the text.

Written for high school and undergraduate students, but accessible to general readers as well, this volume examines Chile’s history through the lenses of politics, economics, and culture and society. Readers will gain a better understanding of how Chile has modernized its economy and is incorporating immigrants.


  • Includes a timeline of significant events in the history of Chile, providing readers with an at-a-glance overview of Chile's history
  • Features an appendix of Notable People in the History of Chile with brief biographies of those who have made important contributions to the country's history
  • Offers photos and maps that provide additional context and support the text
  • Provides an annotated bibliography with detailed information on further resources
John L. Rector is professor of Latin American history at Western Oregon University, Monmouth Oregon. His interest in Latin America began when he worked with the American Friends Service Committee in Mexico and then served three years in the Peace Corps in southern Chile. Later he completed the Latin American history doctoral program at Indiana University. Then, for a decade, he taught at the Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce. When he received a Fulbright grant, he accepted lecturer positions at the University of Chile and the Catholic University of Chile. Currently he is a member of the Academia de la Historia de Chile. He has published various articles in Chilean and Puerto Rican journals.


"Recommended. All readership levels."—Choice, April 1, 2020

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