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Book Reviews and Notices
Jenks traces the development of the Dominican Republic and
surveys current problems in Haiti, Puerto Rico and Cuba. A
single chapter by Dr. H. P. Vild, of the University of Havana,
is devoted to Cuba's past and present, and another chapter by
Dr. G. H. Cox discusses the Cuban crisis that began with ex-
President Machado. The geographic and historic backgrounds
of and economic, political, and social factors in Central America,
and also the Central American Union and the proposed Nicara-
guan canal, with especial reference to Nicaragua, are surveyed by
Dr. Roscoe Hill in five lectures. Dr. W. H. Callcott in five lec-
tures discusses political, racial, social, and economic conditions
in Mexico. Modern Colombia by Dr. Rippy, the constitutional
and political situation in Venezuela by Dr. W. W. Pierson, and
the Church in Venezuela, also by Dr. Pierson, are treated in
three chapters. In four chapters Dr. Chester L. Jones surveys
the economic significance of the Caribbean, its political relations
the policy therein of the United States, and civilization in the
Caribbean. In a final chapter the same writer essays to foretell
the future prospects of the Caribbean.
Volume II, while displaying the earmarks of a series of lec-
tures that represent but slight improvement over the informal
average lectures to college students, will prove of interest and
value to the general reader and will serve as a useful reading
assignment to students in college courses.
A more useful addition to the historical literature relating to
Hispanic America than either of the first two volumes is the
third one named above. This is for two reasons. First, the
general subject is restricted to the three leading countries of
South America-thereby enabling the lecturers to organize and
present more unified accounts than was possible in the first two
volumes-and, second, the literature in English on the post-
independence history of these countries is scanty in the extreme.
The main divisions of this volume-one each being devoted to
independent Argentina, Brazil, and Chile-are preceded by an
introduction in two chapters. The first, treating of the colonial
antecedents of the A B C countries is by Dr. Wilgus, and the
second, by Dr. Cleven, discusses the political heritage of South
America. The three main divisions, subdivided into appropriate
chapters, range in length from 105 to 130 pages. The volume is
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