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Puerto Rico in the American Century: A History since 1898 / Edition 1

Puerto Rico in the American Century: A History since 1898 / Edition 1

by César J. Ayala, Rafael Bernabe
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Puerto Rico in the American Century: A History since 1898

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ISBN-13: 9780807859544
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Edition description: 1
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 259,358
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Cesar J. Ayala is professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of American Sugar Kingdom: The Plantation Economy of the Spanish Caribbean, 1898-1934.

Rafael Bernabe is professor and director of the Federico de Onis Hispanic Studies Center at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras. He has published three books in Puerto Rico.

Table of Contents





1 1898—Background and Immediate Consequences

2 Reshaping Puerto Rico's Economy, 1898-1934

3 Political and Social Struggles in a New Colonial Context, 1900-1930

4 Americanization and Its Discontents, 1898-1920

5 Economic Depression and Political Crisis: The Turbulent Thirties

6 Cultural Debates in an Epoch of Crisis: National Interpretations in the Thirties

7 Turning Point in the Forties: Rise of the Partido Popular Democrático

8 Birth of the Estado Libre Asociado

9 Transformation and Relocation: Puerto Rico's Operation Bootstrap

10 Politics and Culture in the Epoch of PPD Hegemony

11 PPD Hegemony Undermined: From Mobilization to Recession, 1960-1975

12 Rethinking the Past, Betting on the Future: Cultural Debates from the Sixties to the Eighties

13 Economic Stagnation and Political Deadlock, 1976-1992

14 Politics and Social Conflict in the Epoch of Neoliberalism, 1992-2004

15 Neonationalism, Postmodernism, and Other Debates



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Cesar Ayala and Rafael Bernabe present a lively and original narrative of twentieth-century Puerto Rican history that also includes the development of Puerto Rican communities in the United States. This book is, simply put, the best one-volume contemporary history of the Puerto Rican people in any language. It will become the standard by which all other works on modern Puerto Rico and the diaspora communities will be gauged.—Francisco Scarano, author of Puerto Rico: cinco siglos de historia

The story of a nation is told not only by its history, economics, and politics; it also includes the arts and other intellectual threads, especially literature, music, and sociology, which often shine even more critical light on events than the 'sciences.' Ayala and Bernabe bring all these perspectives to bear in their comprehensive effort to understand Puerto Rico. There is much food for thought in this volume.—James L. Dietz, California State University

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