History of Venezuela

Overview

With an upcoming election, Chávez's involvement with U.S. oil exports, and the country becoming a leader of an increasingly united South America, this volume provides necessary background information to understand how Venezuela became what it is today.

The history begins with Columbus's third voyage of discovery from Spain. Spanish explorers named the land “Little Venice” for the native homes built on stilts at the water’s edge. Tracing the nation’s 300 years as a Spanish colony...

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Overview

With an upcoming election, Chávez's involvement with U.S. oil exports, and the country becoming a leader of an increasingly united South America, this volume provides necessary background information to understand how Venezuela became what it is today.

The history begins with Columbus's third voyage of discovery from Spain. Spanish explorers named the land “Little Venice” for the native homes built on stilts at the water’s edge. Tracing the nation’s 300 years as a Spanish colony through a brief unification followed by civil war, Tarver brings Venezuela’s dramatic history to life. Highlighting events including the discovery of oil in the 1900s and the establishment of democratic government in 1958, Tarver offers a comprehensive chronicle that contextualizes the current unrest under the leadership of Hugo Chávez.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"[T]his is a most important and readable text for consultation on historical matters dealing with Venezuela."

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Reference Reviews

"Adding to Greenwood's Histories of the Modern Nations series is the important History of Venezuela, a survey of the nation from its foundations as a Spanish colony for 300 years to its succession of military dictatorships to modern times. Students at the high school and college levels as well will find History of Venezuela an excellent overview that considers the entirety of the nation's history, economy, and political influences. Perfect as an introduction to the nation, and packed with facts useful for reports."

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Midwest Book Review/MBR Bookwatch and California Bookwatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403962607
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Palgrave Essential Histories Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 974,952
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Micheal Tarver is the department head of Social Sciences and Philosophy at Arkansas Tech University. Julia C. Frederick is the director of Latin American History at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Preface

Timeline of Historical Events

A Petroleum Republic

Venezuela to 1600

The Colonial Era (to 1810)

Movements toward Independence (1810-1830)

The Age of Caudillismo (1830-1898)

Restoration and Rehabilitation (1899-1935)

The Emergence of Modern Venezuela (1935-1958)

The Return of Democracy (1959-1963)

The Institutionalization of Democracy (1964-1973)

Venezuelan Boom and Bust (1974-1988)

Chaos, Futility, and Incompetence (1989-1998)

The Bolivarian Revolution (1999-2005)

Notable People in the History of Venezuela

Glossary of Selected Terms

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