Central America, a Nation Divided

Central America, a Nation Divided

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This popular text surveys the history of the Central American region, covering Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, from pre-Columbian times to the present. It emphasizes the common characteristics of the Central American states as well as their potential for political union. Now completely updated, the third edition of Central America: A Nation Divided encompasses the significant new research and tumultuous events that have taken place since the last edition was published. The text now includes coverage of the civil wars in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, as well as the restoration of peace to the region under the Central American peace accords. It also recounts and analyses the substantial changes that have occurred in the economic and social arenas as Central American states have turned increasingly to neoliberal policies that emphasize the private sector and the development of exports while reducing government entitlement programs. Students will find this text enormously helpful for sorting through the vast amounts of significant research that has been written and compiled in the past decade. In addition, the Selective Guide to the Literature section has been completely revised to reflect the great increase in research and writing on Central America. Comprehensive and incisively written, Central America: A Nation Divided is an essential text for Latin American History courses.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 144.78 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 2 figures, 6 maps
  • 0195083768
  • 9780195083767

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Praise for the previous edition The best single-volume history of Central America available today. Bruce Calder, University of Illinois at Chicago Still the best survey of this important region of the New World. Easy-to-read, and based on excellent sources. A great asset to any course on Latin American or Caribbean history. Marcial E. Ocasio-Melendez, University of Michiganshow more

Table of contents

1. The Isthmus ; 2. The Kingdom of Guatemala ; 3. Bourbon Central American ; 4. Expectations and Achievements of Independence ; 5. Central America and the World ; 6. Foffee Republics ; 7. Banana Republics ; 8. The Challenge to Liberalsim ; 9. Central America in the Age of Social Revolution ; 10. The Failure of Reunificationshow more

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