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Despite its significance in the history of Spanish colonialism, the Dominican Republic is familiar to most outsiders through only a few elements of its past and culture NonDominicans may be aware that the country shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and that it is where Christopher Columbus chose to build a colony Some may know that the country produces talented baseball players and musicians; others that it is a prime destination for beach vacations Little else about the Dominican Republic is common knowledge outside its borders This Reader seeks to change that It provides an introduction to the history, politics, and culture of the country, from precolonial times into the early twentyfirst century Among the volume'sselections are essays, speeches, journalism, songs, poems, legal documents, testimonials, and short stories, as well as several interviews conducted especially for this Reader Many of the selections have been translated into English for the first time All of them are preceded by brief introductions written by the editors The volume's eightyfive illustrations, ten of which appear in color, include maps, paintings, and photos of architecture, statues, famous figures, and Dominicans going about their everyday lives


10 thoughts on “The Dominican Republic Reader

  1. Mandy Mandy says:

    Most people only know the Dominican Republic as a holiday destination, and are unaware of its rich and diverse history. This comprehensive book tells the reader everything he or she could possibly want to know - all in one volume.
    The book is one of a series of Latin America Readers, and covers the history, politics and culture of the country from its earliest days right up to the present, with a varied selection of essays, articles, speeches, songs, legal documents, stories and poems. Some of these are here translated into English for the first time. Each selection has an introduction from the editors, who do a wonderful job in explaining and expounding on the background to each. With many excellent illustrations, this is a book to dip into or read from beginning to end, and is suitable for both student or academic, as well as the general reader or visitor to the country. Everyone will find something of interest here.


  2. AskHistorians AskHistorians says:

    These are a series of country studies that provide a valuable overview of various Latin American countries. They use both primary and secondary sources by eyewitnesses and important scholars respectively to illuminate key periods of each country’s history. They also include a trove of images, maps, and fine art. Each volume focuses on a single country. Currently, Duke has published readers about the Dominican Republic, Chile, Paraguay, Guatemala, Ecuador, Perú, Costa Rica, Cuba, México, Argentina, and Brazil


  3. Ken Ken says:

    Reread portions of this informative compendium while down in the Dominican late last month and earlier this month. A lot of intriguing stuff in this copious tome, from original historical documents to excerpts from recent essays.


  4. Analouise Keating Analouise Keating says:

    This is an exceptional collection with a wide array of contributions. Worth reading.


  5. Meriah Meriah says:

    A fantastic collection of historical events of the Dominican Republic. Any history buff, or lover of historical non-fiction should pick up this fantastic historical book!


  6. Pinky AndThe Brain Pinky AndThe Brain says:

    This would be an excellent book for anyone who teaches a course on the Dominican Republic to use as their textbook. It is well written, easy to understand, and concise.


  7. Lily Lily says:

    Read this to prep for a home school unit on the DR. This book is fantastic and I wish every country had a reader of this quality written about it. So many expertly selected, fascinating texts! And the texts are threaded together by excellent introductions. Loved this book.


  8. Laura Laura says:

    I really enjoyed the historical perspective -especially since I was visiting this country for the first time. The variety of sources and writing in this reader was great.


  9. James Cradock James Cradock says:

    I like all of Duke's Latin American readers I've read. I would have liked more 16th Century source material in this one.


  10. Rick Mathis Rick Mathis says:

    Lots of different genres and source documents. Probably best to read with a good history book. I’d also like to see an anthology of contemporary writers from the DR.