The three books under review belong to a series entitled American Encounters/Global Interactions, published by Duke University Press. Edited by Gilbert M. Joseph and Emily S. Rosenberg, the series “aims to stimulate critical perspectives and fresh interpretative frameworks for scholarship on the history of the imposing global presence of the United States.” Books in this series seek also to strengthen dialogue across disciplines—international relations and area studies, history and anthropology—and to promote critical inquiry into issues of subjectivity and narrative. By building on the scholarship already established, combining traditional historical approaches with more contemporary methods from a wide array of disciplines, and changing the angles and modes of observation, these works make significant contributions to our understanding of how Latin American nations, cultures, and political economies have changed over time.

Of the three books, Rural Revolt in Mexico is the least experimental; Close Encounters is, perhaps, the most exploratory of...

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