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This is the first interpretive history of Central America by a Central American historian to be published in English. Anyone with an interest in current events in the region will find here an insightful and well-written guide to the history of its five national states—Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Traces of a common past invite us to make generalizations about the region, even to posit the idea of a Central American nation. But, as Hector Perez-Brignoli shows us, we can learn more from a comparative approach that establishes both the points of convergence and the separate paths taken by the five different countries of Central America.

The author offers a concise overview of the region's history from the sixteenth century to the present, beginning with human and cultural geography in the first chapter and ending with the present crisis in the last. He deals with the fundamental themes and problems of the area: the characteristics of the colonial heritage, independence and the crisis of the Federal Republic, the formation of nation-states during the nineteenth century, and the development of export agriculture based on coffee and bananas. The narrative moves finally into the twentieth century to look at the growing impoverishment that multiplies inequalities and leads to the shipwreck of liberal democracy. The case of Costa Rica, exceptional in more ways than one, receives special attention.

Synopsis:

"The Breve Historia offers a Latin American point of view . . . and a more explicitly political focus on the twentieth century. . . . It is stimulating reading and usefully controversial in some places. For now, it is probably the best single short history available."—Brian Loveman, San Diego State University

"He demonstrates a fine talent for isolating and depicting major themes in the history of an area otherwise portrayed with great confusion. . . . I think he offers a masterful synthesis."—E. Bradford Burns, University of California, Los Angeles

About the Author

Hector Perez-Brignoli is Professor of History at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520068322
Translator:
Sawrey, Susana Stettri De
Translator:
Sawrey, Ricardo B.
Translator:
Sawrey, Susana Stettri De
Author:
Sawrey, Susana Stettri De
Author:
Sawrey, Richard B.
Author:
Rey
Author:
Sawrey Susana Stettri de
Author:
Richard B. Saw
Author:
Perez-Brignoll, Hector
Author:
Stettri de, Sawrey Susana
Author:
Perez-Brignoli, Hector
Author:
Sawrey, Ricardo B.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Latin and south america
Subject:
Central America History.
Subject:
Latin America - Central America
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
World History-Central America
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 51
Publication Date:
19891131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.18x5.48x.58 in. .61 lbs.

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"The Breve Historia offers a Latin American point of view . . . and a more explicitly political focus on the twentieth century. . . . It is stimulating reading and usefully controversial in some places. For now, it is probably the best single short history available."—Brian Loveman, San Diego State University

"He demonstrates a fine talent for isolating and depicting major themes in the history of an area otherwise portrayed with great confusion. . . . I think he offers a masterful synthesis."—E. Bradford Burns, University of California, Los Angeles

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