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States and Social Evolution: Coffee and the Rise of National Governments in Central America

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The national governments of Central America were constructed between 1840 and 1900, a time when coffee was transformed from a botanical curiosity to the region's most important export. In spite of their geographic proximity, the national governments that emerged were strikingly different, from Costa Rica's participatory democracy to Guatemala's military despotism.

Robert Williams explores Central America's political diversity by following the story of coffee through the nation-building period. With a sensitivity to cultures and institutions before the advent of widespread coffee cultivation, he reveals the various ways that land, labor, and capital were harnessed as coffee advanced from one locale to the next, provoking cultural clashes and sometimes violent reactions as it altered landscapes, people's lives, and even governments. Through careful scrutiny of a tiny region and a single crop in a restless age, States and Social Evolution develops a theory of state formation relevant to other places and times as well.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807844632
Author:
Williams, Robert G.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Coffee industry
Subject:
Central America Politics and government 1821-1951.
Subject:
Coffee industry -- Central America -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Latin America - Central America
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Central America; export; Costa Rica; Guatemala; political study; nation-building
Subject:
Coffee industry -- Central America -- History.
Subject:
Central America Politics and government.
Subject:
Latin American studies
Subject:
Export
Subject:
Costa rica
Subject:
Guatemala
Subject:
political study
Subject:
Nation-building
Subject:
Business Writing
Copyright:
Series Volume:
bk. 1
Publication Date:
October 1994
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
397
Dimensions:
9.22x6.30x1.08 in. 1.40 lbs.

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