This definitive reader brings together seminal articles on development in Latin America. Tracing the concepts and major debates surrounding the issue, the text focuses on development theory through three contrasting historical perspectives: imperialism, underdevelopment and dependency, and globalization. By offering a rich array of essays from Latin American Perspectives, the book allows students to sample all the important trends and viewpoints in the field. A new general introduction and conclusion, along with part introductions, contextualize each selection. Students will come away from this rewarding collection ready to pursue new understanding through critical inquiry and thinking.