Colombia: Fragmented Land, Divided Society

Paperback | July 15, 2001

byFrank Safford, Marco Palacios

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Colombia: Fragmented Land, Divided Society is a comprehensive history of the third most populous country of Latin America. It offers the most extensive discussion available in English of the whole of Colombian history-from pre-Columbian times to the present. The book begins with an in-depthlook at the earliest years in Colombia's history, emphasizing the role geography played in shaping Colombia's economy, society, and politics and in encouraging the growth of distinctive regional cultures and identities. It includes a thorough discussion of Colombian politics that looks at the waysin which historical memory has affected political choices, particularly in the formation and development of the country's two traditional political parties. The authors explore the factors that have contributed to Colombia's economic troubles, such as the delay in its national economic integrationand its relative ineffectiveness as an exporter. The three concluding chapters offer an authoritative and up-to-date examination of the impact of coffee on Colombia's economy and society, the social and political effects of urban growth, and the multiple dimensions of the violence that has plaguedthe country since 1946. Written in clear, vigorous prose, Colombia: Fragmented Land, Divided Society is essential for students of Latin American history and politics, and for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the history of this fascinating and tumultuous country.

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Colombia: Fragmented Land, Divided Society is a comprehensive history of the third most populous country of Latin America. It offers the most extensive discussion available in English of the whole of Colombian history-from pre-Columbian times to the present. The book begins with an in-depthlook at the earliest years in Colombia's histo...

Frank Safford is at Northwestern University. Marco Palacios is at El Colegio de Mexico.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Maps and TablesIntroduction1. Continuity and Change in Colombia's Economic Geography: An Overview2. Pre-Colombian Cultures3. European Conquest4. Colonial Economy and Society, 1540-17805. Crises of Authority, 1700-18086. Independence, 1808-18257. Bolivar's Colombia, 1819-18318. The Formation of New Granada as a Polity, 1831-1845: Origins of the Two Traditional Parties9. Economy and Society, 1821-185010. The Liberal Era, 1845-187611. Neither Liberty nor Order, 1875-190312. The Republic of Coffee, 1903-194613. A Nation of Cities14. Political Violence in the Second Half of the Twentieth CenturySelective Bibliographic GuideChief Executives of Colombia (1819-2001)CreditsIndex

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"Safford and Palacios' book is the best single volume introduction to the history of Colombia. The authors provide an intelligent, sophisticated and accessible synthesis that is a pleasure to read. It is ideal for classroom use."--Lyman L. Johnson, University of North Carolina atCharlotte