Synopses & Reviews
Never before have the world's nations been so interdependent. A global culture has started to appear, even in some of the world's most remote areas. And while the process of globalization has changed the way people see themselves and the world around them, it also has made people more aware of foreign cultures and curious about the beliefs, attitudes, and experiences that have shaped life in countries other than their own. With the Brief History series, readers now can explore the fascinating and diverse stories of nations and peoples around the world. The Brief History series introduces readers to the dramatic events, notable people, and special customs and traditions that have shaped many of the world's countries. Each volume in the series covers a specific country and offers a concise history--past and present-of the struggles and triumphs of the peoples and cultures that have called that country home. Providing a sweeping, engaging narrative of the area's history, each volume looks at the key factors that have shaped the nation and the lives of its people, from ancient times through the present. Touching on factors as diverse as the development of the economy to the role of women in society to changes in the political landscape, these comprehensive volumes provide the key background information readers need to put current global events in historical perspective. Approximately 40 photographs and illustrations, maps, interesting box features, appendixes--offering basic facts about the country, a chronology, bibliographic sources, and suggested reading--as well as a general index make each of these volumes solid references perfect for every library. Recent decades have witnessed majorreform within Bolivia: an impressive democratic and economic resurgence, a more modern electoral system, and dramatic technological and communications advances. Political slogans celebrate "Bolivia, la Nueva" (The New Bolivia). "A Brief History of Bolivia offers a concise yet comprehensive account of the history of Bolivia, from the time of the first ancient civilizations near the shores of Lake Titicaca to the most recent social and political developments. Bolivia's tangled and tumultuous past, in which governments have seldom been stable for more than a few years, is presented in an engaging and readable narrative.
Recent decades have witnessed major reform within Bolivia: an impressive democratic and economic resurgence