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Central America

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Central America provocatively challenges the myths of Central American democracy, development, and change—concepts traditionally maligned and oversimplified, but here presented analytically through a unique series of first-hand accounts. Incorporating essays by a variety of well-known academics and Central American specialists, this work considers each of the three concern areas separately. Part I includes five essays on democracy in the context of such nations as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Part II ...

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Overview

Central America provocatively challenges the myths of Central American democracy, development, and change—concepts traditionally maligned and oversimplified, but here presented analytically through a unique series of first-hand accounts. Incorporating essays by a variety of well-known academics and Central American specialists, this work considers each of the three concern areas separately. Part I includes five essays on democracy in the context of such nations as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Part II explores the idea of development, the development of democratic education, U.S. aid, and the Social Democratic Project of 1948. Part III discusses the concept of change—seven essays cover liberation theology, the Sanctuary Movement, and the Reagan administration's attempts to thwart change.

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Seventeen first-hand accounts and essays challenge the predominant myths about this troubled region and offer an alternative to the mainstream media's interpretation of events in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275930493
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/19/1988
  • Pages: 222
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN M. KIRK is Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

GEORGE W. SCHUYLER is Director of the Inernational Education Center at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by John M. Kirk and George W. Schuyler

Part I: Democracy

El Salvador: "Democratization" to Halt the Insurgency by Guillermo Manuel Ungo

Democratization in El Salvador: Illusion or Reality? by Liisa L. North

Democracy, Military Rule, and Agrarian Reform in Guatemala by Jim Handy

Consolidating Democracy Under Fire by H.E. Sergio Lacayo

Honduras: National Identity, Repression, and Popular Response by Judith A. Weiss

Part II: Development

Central America: Dependent-Welfare, Authoritarian, and Revolutionary Concepts of Development by James Petras and Morris H. Morley

One Road to Democracy With Development: Jose Figueres and the Social Democratic Project After 1948 by Anthony Winson

Resisting Conquest: Development and the Guatemalan Indian by W. George Lovell

Developing Democratic Education in Central America Means Revolution: The Nicaraguan Case by W. Gordon West

Militarization, U.S. Aid, and the Failure of Development in El Salvador by Charles Clements

Part III: Change

New Social Movements in Central America: Perspectives on Democratic Social Transformations by James Petras

Liberation Theology as a Force for Change by Blase Bonpane

The Sanctuary Movement in the United States by Mary Ann Lundy

Four Themes and an Irony by Walter LaFeber

The Reagan Administration and Its Attempts to Thwart Change Wayne S. Smith

The U.S. War in Central America by Ed Asner

Obstacles to the Peace Process in Central America by Sandor Halebsky and Susanne Jonas

Appendix: Central America: Socio-Economic Statistics

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