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What Everyone Needs To Know®

Puerto Rico

What Everyone Needs to Know®

Duany, Jorge (Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Anthropology, Florida International University)

Puerto Rico

What Everyone Needs To Know®

Puerto Rico

What Everyone Needs to Know®

What Everyone Needs To Know®: Puerto Rico

 

In the second edition of Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Jorge Duany provides a compendium to the island's rich history, culture, politics, economy, and diaspora. Written in an accessible question-and-answer format, Duany covers the history of the island as well as the demographic, economic, political, and cultural features of contemporary Puerto Rico.


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Beschrijving What Everyone Needs To Know®: Puerto Rico

In the second edition of Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Jorge Duany unravels the fascinating and turbulent past and present of an island that is politically and economically tied to the United States, yet culturally distinct.

Acquired by the United States from Spain in 1898, Puerto Rico has a peculiar status among Latin American and Caribbean countries. As a US Commonwealth, the island enjoys limited autonomy over local matters, but the US has dominated it militarily, politically, and economically for much of its recent history. Though they are US citizens, Puerto Ricans do not have their own voting representatives in Congress and cannot vote in presidential elections (although they are able to participate in the primaries). In recent years, Puerto Rico's colossal public debt sparked an economic crisis that catapulted it onto the national stage and intensified the exodus to the US, bringing to the fore many of the unresolved remnants of its colonial history.

In the second edition of Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Jorge Duany provides a succinct, authoritative introduction to the island's rich history, culture, politics, and economy, as well as its diaspora. Beginning with a historical overview of Puerto Rico, Duany covers the Spanish colonial period (1493-1898) and the first five decades of the US colonial regime. He then delves into the demographic, economic, political, and cultural features of contemporary Puerto Rico--the inner workings of the Commonwealth government and the island's relationship to the United States. Moreover, the book explores the massive population displacement that has characterized Puerto Rico since the mid-twentieth century. New material examines the multiple issues affecting Puerto Rico in the last decade, including a prolonged recession, the devastating impact of two hurricanes, and the largest migrant wave ever recorded from Puerto Rico.

While a popular tourist destination, few beyond Puerto Rico's shores are familiar with its complex history and diverse culture. Duany takes on the task of educating readers on the most important facets of the unique, troubled, but much beloved isla del encanto.


ISBN
9780197782118
Pagina's
216
Verschijnt
Serie
What Everyone Needs To Know®
NUR
754
Druk
2
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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