Colombia

Colombia

by David Downing
     
 

The Globalhotspots series tells the story behind the headlines. How did the world's hot spots come to be places where conflicts often happen? What is the history of these regions, and why are their people unable to live peacefully with their neighbors?

Colombia is a land torn by guerrilla warfare, a violent drug trade, and extreme rifts between the rich and poor.

Overview

The Globalhotspots series tells the story behind the headlines. How did the world's hot spots come to be places where conflicts often happen? What is the history of these regions, and why are their people unable to live peacefully with their neighbors?

Colombia is a land torn by guerrilla warfare, a violent drug trade, and extreme rifts between the rich and poor. Attacks and kidnappings regularly make the global news, as lives both within Colombia and beyond are affected.

Colombia explores the roots of this unstable society and the problems that have left millions of people living in fear.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
Let's see, take a wealthy, power-hungry elite, mix in some serious violent drug cartels and what do you get? Colombia in the modern era. This book effectively makes this fractured Latin American country more accessible to today's upper elementary and middle school reader. Targeted at those at or above the fourth grade, this visually attractive book helps explain the history behind this guerilla and drug-ridden nation in a news-like format, using short paragraphs, maps, and numerous sidebars. Tracing Colombia's troubled modern history from the rise of the wealthy in 1819 to the "La Violencia" uprising of the poor in the 1940s and 1950s, and it becomes clear why Colombia has long been a center of conflict. A history of rich versus poor combined with the elusive development of a vital economy beyond coffee exports helps explain the allure of the country's guerilla groups and cocaine crops. Powerful drug cartels and a history of violence has been the result, problems which continue to this day. Part of a twelve-title "Global Hot Spots" series, this nonfiction book includes a glossary, index, and fact page summarizing Colombia's geography, demographics, and economy. Balanced in its approach, including quotes from a variety of sources, this would be a great resource for any social studies, current events or history unit. Reviewer: Kris Sauer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761447597
Publisher:
Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Series:
Global Hotspots Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.04(w) x 11.14(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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