Historical Dictionary of Colombia by Harvey F. KlineHistorical Dictionary of Colombia by Harvey F. Kline

Historical Dictionary of Colombia

byHarvey F. Kline

Hardcover | June 1, 2012

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Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America and one of the continent's most populous nations. It has substantial oil reserves and is a major producer of gold, silver, emeralds, platinum, and coal, along with a significant number of natural resources. Colombia has also been ravaged by a decades-long violent conflict involving outlawed armed groups, drug cartels, and gross violations of human rights. Recently the country has made some progress towards improving security, and President Santos has pledged to continue to improve security by passing laws to strengthen the judicial system; a reform of the manner of distributing royalties paid by mining and petroleum companies; and a tougher law against corruption.The Historical Dictionary of Colombia covers the history of Colombia through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and a bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,000 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Colombia.
Harvey F. Kline has studied Colombia since he was exchange student there in 1964.  He retired from university teaching in 2010 after 42 years of teaching at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá), the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Title:Historical Dictionary of ColombiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:590 pages, 9.24 × 6.32 × 1.62 inPublished:June 1, 2012Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810878135

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Editorial Reviews

This is a substantial publication and will surely answer most quick reference enquiries, both from the general public and from the user looking for more in-depth information. The work brings together a veritable wealth of information on an impressive range of topics into a single handy volume. There are excellent cross-references throughout and a 34-page bibliography arranged alphabetically by general themes; references are mostly to recent English language publications. There is also helpful guidance to resources available on the Internet, whilst the volume is completed by a useful index. The volume is comprehensive in scope and the layout of entries makes it easy to use; it would seem a mere splitting of hairs, therefore, to suggest that this is an encyclopedia rather than a dictionary.