Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle / Edition 5

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This newly revised volume details Nicaragua’s unique history, culture, economics, politics, and foreign relations. Its historical coverage considers the country’s early and recent history, from pre-Columbian and colonial times through the nationalist liberal era, the U.S. marine occupation, the Somoza dictatorship, the Sandinista regime, the conservative restoration, and the Sandinista comeback. The fifth edition includes a new chapter detailing the reelection of Daniel Ortega and the irony of his current role in undercutting the rule of law and democracy that he helped institute in his earlier administration. This edition also documents what may be the more enduring reality of this Central American country: the historical and ongoing interventions by which the United States—the “eagle” to the north—continues to shape Nicaraguan political, economic, and cultural life.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Previous Editions:
“This is a brilliantly written and thoroughly researched book.” —Wayne Smith, Johns Hopkins University
“One of the most respected students of Nicaraguan politics, Tom Walker has masterfully revised his classic book to show the contradictions and tragedies of the post-Sandinista era.” —John Peeler, Bucknell University
“Walker’s new edition of the book brilliantly blends his extraordinary first-hand knowledge of the country with findings presented in the ample scholarship of the past twenty years. The book makes an important Latin American case study available to undergraduate students without sacrificing subtlety of analysis or comprehensiveness of coverage. The way in which the book highlights US-Nicaraguan relations as part of the overall story makes it especially valuable for a wide range of courses.” —Michael Dodson, Texas Christian University
“Without question there is no better introduction to modern Nicaraguan history, politics, and society. In a succinct and even-handed manner, Walker masterfully analyzes the coming and process of the Sandinista revolution, then accounts for its demise in an age of neoliberalism.” —Gil Joseph, Yale University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343877
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition, Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 522,241
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas W. Walker is professor emeritus of political science and director emeritus of Latin American studies at Ohio University. His books include Reagan versus the Sandinistas, Revolution and Counterrevolution in Nicaragua, and Understanding Central America (Westview Press).
Christine J. Wade is associate professor of political science and international studies at Washington College in Maryland. She is coauthor of Understanding Central America (Westview Press) and a contributor to Latin American Politics and Development (Westview Press) and Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise (Westview Press).

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