The Aftermath of the Sandinista Revolutionby Stuart A. Kallen
"I want a free homeland or death." These were the bold words of Augusto César Sandino, the revolutionary whose name and ideals formed the basis of Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution (1977-1979). In 1979, the Sandinistas overthrew the corrupt, U.S.-backed Somoza dictatorship, but in many ways, the true revolution was just beginning. The Sandinistas had to
"I want a free homeland or death." These were the bold words of Augusto César Sandino, the revolutionary whose name and ideals formed the basis of Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution (1977-1979). In 1979, the Sandinistas overthrew the corrupt, U.S.-backed Somoza dictatorship, but in many ways, the true revolution was just beginning. The Sandinistas had to rebuild Nicaragua's economic, medical, and educational systems, while simultaneously dealing with repeated attacks from U.S.-backed enemies. The aftermath of the Sandinista Revolution was a lightning rod for multiple civil and global issues, raising questions about the rights of nations to intervene in each other's affairs, the role of the United States in regime changes, and even what the best kind of government is. Follow the revolution from its beginnings in rural Nicaragua at the turn of the twentieth century through the overthrow of the Somozas and the series of international incidents that brought political conflict to countries all over the world.
Gr 8 Up
This series aims to show that the influence of signal events in world history goes beyond the immediate repercussions. Russian Revolution begins with an overview of the Czar's Russia and the political machinations that brought about revolution. The disputes between different revolutionary groups led to the eventual triumph of the Bolsheviks and the reigns of Lenin and Stalin. Stalin's brutality in particular receives a lot of attention. The final chapters cover the transition to a more open society, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the age of Putin. The 1979 overthrow of the corrupt Nicaraguan government by the Marxist Sandinistas brought change to one of the poorest countries in the Americas and instilled in the U.S. new fears about the spread of Communism. The Sandinistas' social programs made them popular initially, but repressive measures like forced land redistribution won them enemies at home and abroad. The Contras, backed in part by illegal U.S. arms sales to Iran, waged a 10-year war against the government that ended with the peaceful transfer of power but failed to quash the Sandinistas entirely. Kallen offers a good overview of one of the Latin American theaters of the Cold War. Both volumes will be useful where 20th-century history materials are needed. However, readers will benefit from having some knowledge of the ideological conflict between communism and capitalism as the authors treat it only briefly.-Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM
Meet the Author
Stuart A. Kallen has written more than two hundred fifty nonfiction books for children and young adults over the past twenty years. His books have covered countless aspects of human history, culture, and science from the building of the pyramids to the music of the twenty-first century. This is his first book for Lerner. Kallen is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist in San Diego, California.
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