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Nicaragua : living in the shadow of the eagle
Walker, Thomas W., 1940-
Personal Author:
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. ; Oxford : Westview, [2003]

Physical Description:
xiv, 238 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
General Note:
Previous ed. published in 1991 with the subtitle The land of Sandino.
Format :


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Central Library F1526 .W175 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This new and thoroughly revised edition of Nicaragua details the country's unique history, culture, social reality, economics, foreign relations, and politics. Its historical coverage considers Nicaragua from before independence as well as during the nationalist liberal era, the US marine occupation, the Somoza dictatorship, the Sandinista regime, and the conservative restoration following 1990. The Fourth Edition documents how the more enduring reality of this Central American country may not be the Sandinista Revolution but the historical and ongoing interventions by which the United States -- the "eagle" to the north -- continues to shape Nicaraguan political, economic, and social life. The new edition also includes a fully updated annotated bibliography.

Author Notes

Thomas W. Walker is professor of political science and director of Latin American studies at Ohio University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xiii
1 Introductionp. 1
2 Early History: The Pre-Columbian Period to the Mid-1930sp. 9
3 Recent History: The Somoza Era, the Sandinista Revolution, and the Conservative Restorationp. 25
4 The Economic Dimensionp. 77
5 Culture and Societyp. 105
6 Government and Politicsp. 139
7 The International Dimensionp. 175
Annotated Sources in Englishp. 201
Indexp. 221

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