Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion, and Change

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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.
 

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Contents

1 CRISIS AND TRANSFORMATION
1
2 GLOBAL FORCES AND SYSTEM CHANGE IN CENTRAL AMERICA
15
3 THE COMMON HISTORY
55
4 COSTA RICA
71
5 NICARAGUA
97
6 EL SALVADOR
137
7 GUATEMALA
173
8 HONDURAS
209
9 POLITICAL PARTICIPATION POLITICAL ATTITUDES AND DEMOCRACY
239
10 POWER DEMOCRACY AND US POLICY IN CENTRAL AMERICA
275
11 REFLECTIONS AND PROJECTIONS
315
Appendix
343
About the Authors
355
Index
357
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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 W. Walker is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and former Director of Latin American Studies Program at Ohio University. He is the co-author of Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle.

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