This almanac compiles the most historically significant events in Latin America and the Caribbean from 1800-2020, containing vignettes of more than 700 events organized per month and specific calendar day, with a foreword from Admiral James Stavridis. It focuses on major political and security incidents starting from the period of independence—including armed conflicts, famous battles, births and deaths of important figures, military coups, significant presidential elections, and independence dates.
Also included are detailed appendices addressing important economic, political, and social conditions as well as an index of over 2,000 keywords. Even the most seasoned Latin American historian will find something new in this reference. Written by a historian and former naval diplomat to the region who brings a wealth of experience to the table, the almanac has particular value to policymakers, military personnel, and diplomatic officers interested in Latin America.
PATRICK PATERSON is the Associate Dean for Research and Publications at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (WJPC). His principal areas of expertise include climate change, civil-military relations, human rights, international humanitarian law, and U.S. and Latin American history.
The Almanac of Latin America History
Bibliography and Recommended Reading
Journals of Latin American Studies
Appendix A – Independence Dates
Appendix B – Country Information
Appendix C – U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean
Appendix D – Homicide Rates, 1990-2020
Appendix E - Worst Natural Disasters
Appendix F – Successful Military Coups
Appendix G – Drug Trafficking Trends
Appendix H – Ratification of International Treaties
Appendix I – Participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Missions
Appendix J – Human Development Index
About the Author
“Patrick Paterson’s panoramic volume is the first of its kind: a comprehensive, day-by-day survey of Latin American history from independence to the present day. Scholars, students, policymakers, and diplomats alike will appreciate this go-to guide, which moves beyond the headlines and places significant developments in Latin American state formation, economic innovation, and the arts and sciences in a global context. This well-researched book represents a major contribution to our collective knowledge about some of the United States’ closest neighbors and partners.
“Patrick Paterson's Almanac of Latin American History chronicles over two centuries of important political and security events in the region. It is comprehensive in its coverage. I recommend it especially for those who may be unfamiliar with Latin America.”
“The Almanac of Latin American History is an impressive, curated collection of the most significant political-military events that have occurred in the region. Paterson’s book is a valuable, easily accessible resource for anyone who seeks to better understand and place contemporary events within a historical context. The short, compelling vignettes invite and motivate readers to learn more about these fascinating events!
“Patrick Paterson has written a valuable reference guide to the history of a complex region. I commend it to military professionals, diplomats, scholars, and others who study - or work in - Latin America.”
“In creating The Almanac of Latin American History, Patrick Paterson has made a major contribution to developing awareness of the importance of historical events and processes for current-day Latin America. It should be a must-read.”
“TheAlmanac of Latin American History is a highly user-friendly reference for national security professionals working in or on the region. Paterson's organizational concept makes the volume extremely useful as a guide for novice and seasoned hand alike.”
“This carefully compiled almanac serves as a good introduction to the innumerable facets of the history of Latin America and the Caribbean. Entries are compact and accurate, indexed to the dates on which events occurred, with summary assessments of their significance. It will be particularly useful to professionals in the security and defense spheres who need to maintain awareness of the significance of specific calendar dates. As such, it is a unique resource.”
“Almanac of Latin American history is a desk-side must for our diplomats and military foreign area officers. For professionals working in the region, this almanac provides valuable context by capturing significant events that have transformed societies and institutions, and what future trajectories and outcomes could be.”