Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion, and Change by John A. BoothUnderstanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion, and Change by John A. Booth

Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion, and Change

byJohn A. Booth, Christine J. Wade, Thomas W Walker

Paperback | July 22, 2014

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Understanding Central America explains how domestic, global, political and economic forces have shaped rebellion and regime change in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras throughout their histories, during the often-turbulent 1970s and since. The text provides students a comprehensive coverage of Central America, political science, and international relations. The authors explain the origins and development of the region's political conflicts, their resolution and ongoing political change. This Sixth Edition provides the most up-to-date information on the recent political changes in each of the five countries presented.
John A. Booth is Regents Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Costa Rica: Quest for Democracy.Christine J. Wade is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College. She is the co-author of Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle.Thomas...
Title:Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion, and ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:July 22, 2014Publisher:Avalon PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813349583

ISBN - 13:9780813349589


Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
List of Acronyms

1 Crisis and Transformation

2 Global Forces and System Change in Central America
Poverty and Its Causes
Regime Change in Central America

3 The Common History
Conquest to 1838
1838 to the Present

4 Costa Rica
Historical Background
Weathering Global Forces
The Economic Development Model Transformed
Changes in Politics and Parties
Contemporary Costa Rican Politics

5 Nicaragua
Historical Background
Global Forces and Insurrection
The Revolution
Replacing the Revolution
Contemporary Nicaraguan Politics

6 El Salvador
Historical Background
Global Forces and Insurrection
Government and Politics Since the Peace Accord

7 Guatemala
Historical Background
Global Forces and Conflict
The Civilian Transitional Regime and the Civil War
The Peace Accords and Contemporary Guatemalan Politics

8 Honduras
Historical Background
Weathering Global Forces
Contemporary Honduran Politics

9 Political Participation, Political Attitudes, and Democracy
Citizen Participation
Citizen Attitudes
Factors Shaping Attitudes and Participation

10 Power, Democracy, and U.S. Policy in Central America
The Problem of Power
The Roots of U.S. Policy in Central America
Communism in Central America
Demobilization in Central America
U.S. Policy in the Post–Cold War Period

11 Reflections and Projections
Reflections: Repression, Mobilization, and Democratic Transition
Projections: Prospects for Democratic Consolidation

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for prior editions:"Understanding Central America remains the most comprehensive and indispensable textbook for courses on Central American politics. It offers a classic interpretation of the roots of civil wars and U.S. interventions in late twentieth-century Central America. This new edition has been reorganized and updated to address the region's post-war issues of the twenty-first century, incorporating new scholarship relevant for analysis over the long run."—Susanne Jonas, University of California, Santa Cruz"A 'must read' for anyone interested in this complex and volatile area of the world."—Mitchell A. Seligson, Vanderbilt University"This volume is without doubt the best comprehensive examination of Central American politics and society. The book represents a good balance between an intellectually sophisticated analysis and a clear, concise approach readily accessible for undergraduate students."—Orlando J. Perez, Central Michigan University; President, Midwest Association for Latin American Studies