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The fifth edition ofUnderstanding Central Americaexplains how domestic and global political and economic forces have shaped rebellion and regime change in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. John A. Booth, Christine J. Wade, and Thomas W. Walker explore the origins and development of the regionrs"s political conflicts and its efforts to resolve them. Covering the regionrs"s political and economic development from the early 1800s onward, the authors provide a background for understanding Central Americars"s rebellion and regime change of the past forty years. This revised edition brings the Central American story up to date, with special emphasis on globalization, evolving public opinion, progress toward democratic consolidation, and the relationship between Central America and the United States under the Obama administration, and includes analysis of the 2009 Honduran coup drs"eacute;tat. A useful introduction to the region and a model for how to convey its complexities in language readers will comprehend,Understanding Central Americastands out as a must-have resource. Contents 1. Crisis and Transformation 2. Global Forces and System Change in Central America 3. The Common History 4. Costa Rica 5. Nicaragua 6. El Salvador 7. Guatemala 8. Honduras 9. Political Participation, Political Attitudes, and Democracy 10. Power, Democracy, and U.S. Policy in Central America 11. Reflections and Projections
John A. Booth is Regents Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. Christine J. Wade is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International studies at Washington College. 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).
Table of Contents
|List of Tables and Illustrations||p. ix|
|Preface to the Fifth Edition||p. xi|
|List of Acronyms||p. xv|
|Crisis and Transformation||p. 1|
|Global Forces and System Change in Central America||p. 15|
|Poverty and Its Causes||p. 17|
|Regime Change in Central America||p. 28|
|The Common History||p. 47|
|Conquest to 1838||p. 47|
|1838 to the Present||p. 51|
|Costa Rica||p. 61|
|Historical Background||p. 62|
|Weathering Global Forces||p. 65|
|The Economic Development Model Transformed||p. 69|
|Changes in Politics and Parties||p. 72|
|Contemporary Costa Rican Politics||p. 75|
|Historical Background||p. 81|
|Global Forces and Insurrection||p. 84|
|The Revolution||p. 88|
|Replacing the Revolution||p. 97|
|Contemporary Nicaraguan Politics||p. 102|
|El Salvador||p. 111|
|Historical Background||p. 111|
|Global Forces and Insurrection||p. 114|
|Government and Politics Since the Peace Accord||p. 126|
|Historical Background||p. 135|
|Global Forces and Conflict||p. 139|
|The Civilian Transitional Regime and the Civil War||p. 144|
|The Peace Accords and Contemporary Guatemalan Politics||p. 148|
|Historical Background||p. 159|
|Weathering Global Forces||p. 163|
|Contemporary Honduran Politics||p. 171|
|Political Participation, Political Attitudes, and Democracy||p. 181|
|Citizen Participation||p. 182|
|Citizen Attitudes||p. 191|
|Factors Shaping Attitudes and Participation||p. 198|
|Power, Democracy, and US Policy in Central America||p. 211|
|The Problem of Power||p. 212|
|The Roots of US Policy in Central America||p. 219|
|Communism in Central America||p. 222|
|Demobilization in Central America||p. 225|
|US Policy in the Post-Cold War Period||p. 233|
|Reflections and Projections||p. 243|
|Relections: Repression, Mobilization, and Democratic Transition||p. 243|
|Projections: Prospects for Democratic Consolidation||p. 248|
|About the Authors||p. 325|
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