Coffee and Power: Revolution and the Rise of Democracy in Central America

Coffee and Power: Revolution and the Rise of Democracy in Central America

by Jeffery M. Paige
     
 

In the revolutionary decade between 1979 and 1992, it would have been difficult to find three political systems as different as deathsquad-dominated El Salvador, peaceful social-democratic Costa Rica, and revolutionary Sandinista Nicaragua. Yet when the fighting ended, all three had found a common destination in democracy and free markets. In a landmark book that… See more details below

Overview

In the revolutionary decade between 1979 and 1992, it would have been difficult to find three political systems as different as deathsquad-dominated El Salvador, peaceful social-democratic Costa Rica, and revolutionary Sandinista Nicaragua. Yet when the fighting ended, all three had found a common destination in democracy and free markets. In a landmark book that fuses political economy and cultural analysis, Jeffery Paige shows that both the divergent political histories and their convergent outcome were shaped by a single commodity: coffee. His analysis challenges current theories of dictatorship and democracy, and shows that revolution in Central America is deeply rooted in the histories of the coffee elites.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674136496
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/13/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
0.91(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffery M. Paige is Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

PART 1: SOCIAL ORIGINS OF THE CENTRAL AMERICAN CRISIS

1. Revolution and the Coffee Elite

2. Class and Class Relations

PART 2: HISTORY AND MEMORY: THE CRISIS OF THE 1930S

3. Farabundo Martí and the Failure of Revolutionary Socialism

4. Manuel Mora and the Rise of Euro-Communism

5. Augusto César Sandino and the Failure of Revolutionary Nationalism

PART 3: NARRITIVES OF CLASS: THE CRISIS OF THE 1980S

6. Agro-Industrialists versus Agrarians in El Salvador

7. Democracy and Anti-Communism in Costa Rica

8. Neo-Liberalism and Agro-Industry in Costa Rica

9. Liberty and the Contra in Nicaragua

PART 4: SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION AND ELITE NARRITIVES, 1979-1992

10. Democracy and Revolution

11. From Liberalism to Neo-Liberalism

Appendix A: Marriages and Descendents of Children of James Hill and Dolores Bernal Nájera

Appendix B: Selection of the Interview Population

Notes

Index

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