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Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion, and Change
Synopses & Reviews
The fifth edition of Understanding Central America explains 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 regions political conflicts and its efforts to resolve them. Covering the regions political and economic development from the early 1800s onward, the authors provide a background for understanding Central Americas 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 détat. A useful introduction to the region and a model for how to convey its complexities in language readers will comprehend, Understanding Central America stands out as a must-have resource.
Book News Annotation:
This revised fifth edition updates its description of how both domestic and global political and economic factors have influenced rebellion and regime change in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. While every country is treated differently in terms of subjects addressed, the authors generally cover historical background, politics and government, conflict and insurrection, weathering global forces, and specific problems (such as poverty). Authors are Booth (political science, U. of North Texas), Christine Wade (political science and international studies, Washington College), and Thomas Walker (emeritus, political science, Ohio U.). Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Authoritative, comprehensive coverage of Central America’s political evolution, including revolution, rebellion, and regime change as well as democratic consolidation.
About the Author
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).
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