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Costa Rica: A Global Studies Handbook

Costa Rica: A Global Studies Handbook

by Meg Tyler Mitchell Ph.D., Scott Pentzer Ph.D.
     
 

ISBN-10: 1851099921

ISBN-13: 9781851099924

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This work is a fascinating guide to one of Latin America's most stable and progressive nations, examining the country's development, unique features, and the challenges Costa Ricans face in the 21st century.

• Provides a chronology of key events in the evolution of the nation of Costa Rica from early signs of civilization over three thousand years ago

Overview

This work is a fascinating guide to one of Latin America's most stable and progressive nations, examining the country's development, unique features, and the challenges Costa Ricans face in the 21st century.

• Provides a chronology of key events in the evolution of the nation of Costa Rica from early signs of civilization over three thousand years ago through colonization and independence to the present

• Includes political and geographical maps with photographs of natural attractions, tropical animals and plants, and the nation's people

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851099924
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
Global Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword     ix
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Maps     xix
Narrative Section     1
Geography and History     3
Pre-Hispanic Costa Rica     15
The Conquest of Costa Rica and the Colonial Era     28
Economic Development in the Central Valley: Coffee and Railroads     41
The Rest of the Country: Cattle and Bananas     50
Political Development, 1824-1870     53
Order and Progress: The Constitution of 1871 and the Liberal State     57
Education and Modernization     62
Economic Crisis and Challenges to the Liberal Order     67
The Crisis of the Export Model     75
Machine Politics, Reform, and the Civil War of 1948     77
References     87
The Costa Rican Economy     93
The Exhaustion of the Classical Export Model and the Birth of the Mixed Economy     94
Nationalization of the Banks     96
Autonomous Institutions and the Manager State     97
Coffee and Cooperatives     101
Cattle Ranching and Deforestation in Guanacaste     106
Industrialization and the Central American Common Market     110
CODESA and theEntrepreneur State     114
The Debt Crisis and Neoliberal Reforms     116
USAID and the Parallel State     118
From 1990 to the Present: A New Economic Model with Some Familiar Weaknesses     125
Manufacturing     128
Agriculture     131
Service Industries     137
Social Development     149
References     163
Politics and Institutions     169
Education     170
Health Care     179
Other Autonomous Institutions     184
National Parks, Protected Areas, and Private Conservation Efforts     187
Political Institutions     200
Political Parties     207
The Abolition of the Army and Costa Rican Foreign Policy     211
Institutional Change in the Neoliberal Era     215
Corruption and the 2006 Elections     217
From Gridlock to Referendum in 2007     219
References     221
Society and Culture     227
Urbanization, Population Growth, and the Role of Women     229
Social Cohesion and Political Participation     234
Religion     238
Ethnic Minorities and the Costa Rican Self-image      246
Nicaraguan Immigrants     261
Insecurity and Crime     266
Soccer     271
Arts and Literature     274
References     286
Reference Section     293
Key Events in Costa Rican History     295
Significant People, Institutions, Places, and Events     303
Costa Rican Language, Food, and Etiquette     321
Language     321
Food and Beverages     324
Common Costa Rican Dishes     325
Etiquette     329
Costa Rica-Related Organizations     333
Business and Economics     333
Culture, Education, and Exchange     334
The Environment     337
Costa Rica's Government Representatives in the United States     339
Tourism     341
Annotated Bibliography of Recommended Works on Costa Rica     345
Geography and History of Costa Rica     345
The Economy of Costa Rica     348
Costa Rican Institutions     350
Costa Rican Society and Contemporary Issues     351
Index     355
About the Authors     367

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