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

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Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle details the country’s unique history, culture, economics, politics, and foreign relations. Its historical coverage considers Nicaragua from pre-Columbian and colonial times as well as during the nationalist liberal era, the U.S. Marine occupation, the Somoza dictatorship, the Sandinista regime, and the conservative restoration after 1990.

The thoroughly revised fifth edition features new material covering the return of Daniel Ortega as president after the election of 2006. Thomas W. Walker and new coauthor Christine J. Wade document how the more enduring reality of the country may not be the Sandinista Revolution, but how the historical and ongoing interventions by the United States—the “eagle” to the north—continue to shape Nicaraguan political, economic, and cultural life. Additionally, the new edition includes an extensively revised and updated annotated bibliography.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Few countries have been gripped so tightly, and for so long, by the talons of the eagle as Nicaragua. With meticulous scholarship and scrupulous care, this extensive updating of Thomas Walker’s standard work provides rich insight into Nicaragua’s courageous_struggles for freedom and their fate, and into the motives and character of the eagle. It is a revealing case study that teaches lessons of great value for understanding the world.”
Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“More than thirty years have passed since the FSLN came to power in a popular revolution, but the story of that special era and its meaning for contemporary Nicaragua and Latin America more generally is very much worth revisiting. Walker and the new coauthor, Christine Wade, do an excellent job of connecting the past with the present.”
Gary Prevost, St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict

“A succinct, thoughtful, multifaceted overview of Nicaragua by two excellent scholars of Central America. Rich in detail and insight, the fifth edition of Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle continues to serve as the best introduction to Nicaragua and Nicaraguan politics. It is ideally suited for undergraduate courses and beginning graduate courses, and for the general reader.”
Harry E. Vanden, University of South Florida

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: 331,585
  • 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 eleven 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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Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Map of Nicaragua

1 Introduction

2 Early History
The Pre-Columbian Period to the Mid-1930s

3 Recent History, Part 1
The Somoza Era and the Sandinista Revolution

4 Recent History, Part 2
The Conservative Restoration and the Return of Daniel Ortega

5 The Economic Dimension

6 Culture and Society

7 Government and Politics

8 The International Dimension

Annotated Sources in English

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