Central America: A Nation Divided / Edition 3

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Overview


This popular text surveys the history of the Central American region, covering Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, from pre-Columbian times to the present. It emphasizes the common characteristics of the Central American states as well as their potential for political union. Now completely updated, the third edition of Central America: A Nation Divided encompasses the significant new research and tumultuous events that have taken place since the last edition was published. The text now includes coverage of the civil wars in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, as well as the restoration of peace to the region under the Central American peace accords. It also recounts and analyzes the substantial changes that have occurred in the economic and social arenas as Central American states have turned increasingly to neoliberal policies that emphasize the private sector and the development of exports while reducing government entitlement programs. Students will find this text enormously helpful for sorting through the vast amounts of significant research that has been written and compiled in the past decade. In addition, the Selective Guide to the Literature section has been completely revised to reflect the great increase in research and writing on Central America. Comprehensive and incisively written, Central America: A Nation Divided is an essential text for Latin American History courses.

"Still the best survey of this important region of the New World. Easy to read, and based on excellent sources." Macial E. Ocasio-Melendez

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195083767
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/21/1999
  • Series: Latin American Histories Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Tulane University
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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The Isthmus 3
2 The Kingdom of Guatemala 25
3 Bourbon Central America 61
4 Expectations and Achievements of Independence 92
5 Central America and the World 120
6 Coffee Republics 149
7 Banana Republics 177
8 The Challenge to Liberalism 203
9 Central America in the Age of Social Revolution 224
10 The Failure of Reunification 290
Political Chronology 308
A Selective Guide to the Literature on Central America 333
Charts and Tables 410
Index 420
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