Bauer, Arnold. Chilean Rural Society from the Spanish Conquest to 1930. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975. A complex, comprehensive, and systematic analysis of the continuities and discontinuities in rural history that led to upheaval in the 1960s and 1970s.
Caldera, Rafael. Andrés Bello. London: Allen & Unwin, 1977. Written by a former Venezuelan president at the age of 19, this translation is the first English-language biography of the Venezuelan-born 19th-century polymath who created the Chilean higher-education system.
Crow, John A. The Epic of Latin America, 3rd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980. A comprehensive history of the region, told more through narrative than analysis, in an immensely readable manner. Several chapters deal with Chile.
Lockhart, James, and Stuart Schwartz. Early Latin America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983. A creative interpretation of colonial history that treats the region’s aboriginal inhabitants as active agents rather than mere victims. There is substantial coverage of Chile, particularly the Araucanian frontier.
Lynch, John. Spanish-American Revolutions, 1808–1826, 2nd ed. New York, W. W. Norton, 1986. Comprehensive account of the Spanish American independence movements.
McBride, George McCutcheon. Chile: Land and Society. New York: American Geographical Society, 1936. Based on personal observations, this account of life on Chilean fundos and haciendas presents the conditions that led to agrarian discontent in the following decades, though the author may have overestimated these institutions’ durability.
Mavor, Elizabeth, ed. The Captain’s Wife: The South American Journals of Maria Graham, 1821–23. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1993. An edited version, with commentary, of Maria Graham’s lengthy account of residence in Valparaíso and travels in Chile and elsewhere in South America, and her acquaintance and friendship with historic figures such as Bernardo O’Higgins and Lord Cochrane.
Monteón, Michael. Chile in the Nitrate Era. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1982. A scholarly account of the Norte Grande, the wealth it brought to investors and the Chilean treasury, and its impact on society.
Nadelson, Reggie. Comrade Rockstar. New York: Walker Books, 2006. Difficult to categorize, this true tale of Colorado-born singer and actor Dean Reed, who became a partisan of Salvador Allende and the Unidad Popular before spending the rest of his career in the Soviet Union and East Germany, has been optioned for a Tom Hanks movie.
Slatta, Richard. Cowboys of the Americas. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1990. Spectacularly illustrated comparative account of New World horsemen, including both Argentine gauchos and Chilean huasos.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition