Herbert S. Klein

Curator, Latin America Collection / Research Fellow
Biography: 

Herbert S. Klein is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and curator of the Latin America collection in the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. He had been a professor of history and the director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University.

Klein received his BA in 1957 and his PhD in 1963, both from the University of Chicago. Before his appointment at Stanford, he taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia University and is the Gouverneur Morris Emeritus Professor of History at Columbia University.

He is the author or coauthor (in several languages) of more than twenty books and 165 articles on Latin America and on comparative themes in social and economic history. The Brazilian Academy of Letters awarded its 2010 Literary Prize for History and Social Science to him for Escravismo em São Paulo e Minas Gerais (coauthored) (2010). He is currently working on the book An Economic and Social History of Brazil since 1889, due out in January 2014 from Cambridge University Press.

Among his other books are four comparative studies of slavery, the most recent of which are African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean (1986, 2nd revised edition, 2007), The Atlantic Slave Trade (1999, 2nd revised edition, 2010), Slavery and the Economy of São Paulo, 1750–1850 (coauthored) (2003), and Slavery in Brazil (coauthored) (2011). Klein also wrote four books on Bolivian history, the latest of which is A Concise History of Bolivia (2003, 2nd edition revised 2011). He has also published The American Finances of the Spanish Empire, 1680–1809 (1998), A Population History of the United States (2004, 2nd revised edition, 2012), Brazil since 1980 (coauthored) (2006), and Hispanics in the United States, 1980–2005 (coauthored) (2010).

His long-term interests are comparative economic and social history. He is currently researching twentieth-century social change in Latin America and the United States.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Popular Mobilization and the Collapse of the Bolivian Political System

by Herbert S. Kleinvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

the change in Bolivia is due to demands for new types of representation by Amerindian and regional groups.

The Changing American Family

by Herbert S. Kleinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 30, 2004

During the past 20 years, the American family has undergone a profound transformation. By Herbert S. Klein.

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Lula’s Moment

by Stephen Haber, Herbert S. Klein, Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 2003

Brazil has suffered economic and political stagnation for a quarter of a century. Will the nation’s charismatic new president be able to make a difference? By Hoover fellows Stephen Haber, Herbert S. Klein, and Hoover senior associate director Richard Sousa.SIDEBAR: Live from Rio

Understanding the Brazilian Elections
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Understanding the Brazilian Elections

by Stephen Haber, Herbert S. Klein, Richard Sousavia Providence Journal
Monday, December 16, 2002

The overwhelming success of Lula and the Workers Party is a consequence of decades of stalled growth and failed promises.