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Title:
Understanding Central America
Author:
Booth, John A.
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Publication Information:
Boulder : Westview Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xv, 208 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1550 Lexile.
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ISBN:
9780813300023

9780813300030
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Book

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In this new edition of a widely praised book, two of the most respected writers on Central American politics explore the origins and development of the region's political conflicts and efforts to resolve them. Highlights of the third edition include an analysis of the 1992 Salvadoran peace accord, the 1996 Nicaraguan national election and prospects for consolidation of democracy in Nicaragua, and Guatemala's troubled transition toward greater democracy, as well as a new chapter that examines how U.S. foreign policy during the 1970s and 1980s was shaped by the Cold War. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.


Summary

In this new edition of a widely praised book, two of the most respected writers on Central American politics explore the origins and development of the region's political conflicts and efforts to resolve them. Highlights of the third edition include an analysis of the 1992 Salvadoran peace accord, the 1996 Nicaraguan national election and prospects for consolidation of democracy in Nicaragua, and Guatemala's troubled transition toward greater democracy, as well as a new chapter that examines how U.S. foreign policy during the 1970s and 1980s was shaped by the Cold War. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.


Author Notes

John A. Booth is Regents Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. Thomas W. Walker is professor of political science and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Ohio University. He is the author of Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle, Fourth Edition (2003, Westview).


John A. Booth is Regents Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. Thomas W. Walker is professor of political science and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Ohio University. He is the author of Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle, Fourth Edition (2003, Westview).


Reviews 2

Choice Review

A plethora of books--many hastily written and poorly informed--have accompanied Central American strife in the 1980s. Moreover, few scholars can rival the experience and expertise of Booth and Walker in the region; thus, their book is an outstanding contribution to the literature. A careful overview of the historical background of all five Central American nations is carried from the colonial times into the 1970s, after which the authors effectively apply and test theories of social revolution to the cases in point. This sharpens the contrast between the relative stability of Costa Rica and Honduras, the national revolts in Guatemala and El Salvador, and the revolution in Nicaragua. Booth and Walker proceed to a concluding discussion of power and democracy in the region, closing with specific policy recommendations for the US in the final decade of the century. Their criticisms of the past and present US actions are cogent; their proposals are a blend of creativity and common sense. This book is among the very best on the subject in the past decade and deserves careful study. Upper-division undergraduates and general readers. J. D. Martz Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus


Choice Review

A plethora of books--many hastily written and poorly informed--have accompanied Central American strife in the 1980s. Moreover, few scholars can rival the experience and expertise of Booth and Walker in the region; thus, their book is an outstanding contribution to the literature. A careful overview of the historical background of all five Central American nations is carried from the colonial times into the 1970s, after which the authors effectively apply and test theories of social revolution to the cases in point. This sharpens the contrast between the relative stability of Costa Rica and Honduras, the national revolts in Guatemala and El Salvador, and the revolution in Nicaragua. Booth and Walker proceed to a concluding discussion of power and democracy in the region, closing with specific policy recommendations for the US in the final decade of the century. Their criticisms of the past and present US actions are cogent; their proposals are a blend of creativity and common sense. This book is among the very best on the subject in the past decade and deserves careful study. Upper-division undergraduates and general readers. J. D. Martz Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Preface to The Third Editionp. xv
1 Crisis and Transformationp. 1
2 Poverty and its Causesp. 11
3 The Common Historyp. 20
4 Individual Histories of Central American Nationsp. 31
5 Revolution, Regime Change, and Democratization: A Theoryp. 56
6 Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Democratic Transition in Nicaraguap. 69
7 Insurrection and Regime Change in El Salvadorp. 101
8 Insurrection and Regime Change in Guatemalap. 118
9 Maintaining Stability in Costa Rica and Hondurasp. 131
10 Power, Democracy, and U.S. Policy in Central Americap. 145
11 Reflections and Projectionsp. 173
Appendixp. 185
Acronymsp. 199
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 229
About the Book And Authorsp. 249
Indexp. 251
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Preface to The Third Editionp. xv
1 Crisis and Transformationp. 1
2 Poverty and its Causesp. 11
3 The Common Historyp. 20
4 Individual Histories of Central American Nationsp. 31
5 Revolution, Regime Change, and Democratization: A Theoryp. 56
6 Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Democratic Transition in Nicaraguap. 69
7 Insurrection and Regime Change in El Salvadorp. 101
8 Insurrection and Regime Change in Guatemalap. 118
9 Maintaining Stability in Costa Rica and Hondurasp. 131
10 Power, Democracy, and U.S. Policy in Central Americap. 145
11 Reflections and Projectionsp. 173
Appendixp. 185
Acronymsp. 199
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 229
About the Book And Authorsp. 249
Indexp. 251

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