The Aftermath of the Sandinista Revolution

The Aftermath of the Sandinista Revolution

by 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

Overview

"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.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Sherrie Williams
Each book in this series presents a chronological analysis of a historically important conflict. The reasons behind each conflict are thoroughly discussed, and the effect on today's world is explored. A world view is given as the text explains how other nations affected (and were affected by) each clash. An example is featured in the Anglo-Zulu War volume, which features extensive discussion of the influence of European leaders on the African continent. The history that is discussed appears unbiased. For example, the volume about the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua discusses unethical American activity in aid of the Contras in an unvarnished and complete way. The good and bad points of warring factions in each conflict are discussed, with exploration of corruption and violence as well as societal improvements on both sides of each clash. Additional historical events covered by other books in this series include the Russian, French, Chinese, and Mexican revolutions; the French defeat in Vietnam; and the wars against the Barbary Pirates. The series is visually attractive and is heavily illustrated with color and black-and-white photos. Potentially unfamiliar words are defined within the text as well as in the glossary. Important people, concepts, and events are explained in colorful sidebars. Although these books might not see much leisure use, they will be thorough and efficient resources for report writers. Researchers will find the backmatter in each volume, which includes a chronology and a list of "Who's Who," to be very helpful. Reviewer: Sherrie Williams
School Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822590910
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Series:
Aftermath of History Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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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