OverviewIntroduction: The Promise of Latin America Part I: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (1450-1550). 1. Native American Trajectories. 2. An Emerging Atlantic World. 3. The Riddle of Conquest. Part II: COLONIAL COMPROMISES (1550-1740). 4. Plunder and Production. 5. The Battle for Orthodoxy. 6. Daily Life in City and Country. Part III: BREAKING AWAY (1740-1850). 7. War and Peace in the Late Colonies. 8. The Wars of Independence. 9. Colonial Continuities in the Early Republics. Part IV: NEW NATIONS AND THEIR CITIZENS (1850-1910). 10. Liberals, Conservatives, and Capitalists. 11. Exports and Underdevelopment. 12. Rural Majorities and Unconquered Frontiers. Part V: REORIENTATIONS AND REACTIONS (1910-2010). 13. Revolution, Reform, and Foreign Intervention. 14. Authoritarianism and its Discontents. 15. Democracy, Urban Life, and Neoliberalism. Conclusion: The Paradox of Latin America.