History of Panama (Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations Series)

History of Panama (Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations Series)

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by Robert C Harding
     
 

ISBN-10: 031333322X

ISBN-13: 9780313333224

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

As the narrowest stretch of land in the Central American isthmus, Panama's geographical location has for millenia made it the crossroads for traders, travelers, European pirates, and world superpowers. Panamanian history is replete with explicit or tacit domination by others. In the post-Columbus period, Panama was first a Spanich colony, then a province of

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As the narrowest stretch of land in the Central American isthmus, Panama's geographical location has for millenia made it the crossroads for traders, travelers, European pirates, and world superpowers. Panamanian history is replete with explicit or tacit domination by others. In the post-Columbus period, Panama was first a Spanich colony, then a province of Colombia, and then finally a quasi-territory of the United States during the 20th century. Suffering invasion by the United States in 1989 to oust dictator Manuel Noriega and then receiving full ownership of the Panama Canal at the end of 1999, Panama has rebuilt itself into a strong, if contentious democracy.

This work chronicles and highlights the key events and figures in the country's past 500 years of history, from Columbus to current day. It begins with Panama's colonial period, demonstrating how even in its early day, the isthmus was seen by the Spanish as merely a transshipment point. It then examines the post-Spanish period when the Colombian province of Panama became a forgotten backwater until European powers began vying for canal rights, leading to an ill-fated French effort. The main portion of the book details the events, figures, and intricacies of the Panama-U.S. relationship, which dominated Panama's history for the entire 20th century. It closes with an examination of the gains and challenges the country has faced in the post-U.S. invasion years.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313333224
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Series:
The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
178
Sales rank:
1,128,926
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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Table of Contents

Timeline of historical events
1Panama is a canal and more1
2Colonial Panama to independence11
3Completing the canal to World War II27
4Panama during the Cold War45
5Dictatorship, nationalism, and the canal treaties, 1968-198165
6The Noriega years, 1981-199089
7Democracy and the canal gained119
Notable people in the history of Panama139

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The History of Panama 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read and enjoyed Harding's previous book on Panama, I eagerly took to this one. I was not disappointed. Again using a easy to read prose style, Harding tells the story of Panama from Spanish colonization to today. Most interesting is the amount of detail he packs into this relatively small volume. If you only read one history of Panama, this is as good a one as any.