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A Brief History of Central America (Brief History)by Lynn V. Foster
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Central America is a tiny region, broken into seven even smaller nations. More than 5 million North Americans visit these countries every year, exploring Mayan ruins in Guatemala and Belize, discovering the rain forests of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, snorkeling in Honduras, and cruising through the Panama Canal. Written for a general audience, A Brief History of Central America focuses on the political events and cultural patterns that have shaped the region. Special themes, such as the causes of unity and disunity on the isthmus and the economic pressures on the rain forest from farming and tourism, are developed throughout the book. Coverage of the history of the region is up to date with new developments, including the continued struggle in the aftermath of the civil wars, the impact of the free trade agreement signed with the United States, and recent elections.
Book News Annotation:
This reference explores the history and culture of the seven nations that make up Central America, from pre-Columbian times to the present. Written for a general audience, the history focuses on seminal events and broad cultural patterns that have shaped the region, touching on themes such as political unity and disunity in Central America, environmental pressures from natural and manmade sources, and indigenous peoples and their cultures since the Spanish conquest. This second edition brings the history of the region up to date with new developments in areas such as the aftermath of the civil wars, the impact of the free-trade agreement, and recent elections. Appendices provide basic facts on each country. B&w maps, historical and contemporary photos, and a chronology are included. Foster is a former adjunct faculty member in the Hispanic Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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