Central America: A Nation Divided

Paperback | January 1, 1999

byRalph Lee Woodward

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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 theirpotential 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, ElSalvador, and Nicaragua, as well as the restoration of peace to the region under the Central American peace accords. It also recounts and analyzes the substantial changes that have occurred in the economic and social arenas as Central American states have turned increasingly to neoliberal policiesthat 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, theSelective 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.

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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 theirpotential for political union. Now completely update...

Ralph Lee Woodward is at Tulane University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.79 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195083768

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Table of Contents

1. The Isthmus2. The Kingdom of Guatemala3. Bourbon Central America4. Expectations and Achievements of Independence5. Central America and the World6. Coffee Republics7. Banana Republics8. The Challenge to Liberalism9. Central America in the Age of Social Revolution10. The Failure of Reunification

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