Synopses & Reviews
A contemporary history of Guatemalas thirty-year civil warthe longest and bloodiest in the hemispherethis book pulls aside the veil of secrecy that has obscured the origins of the war. Using a structural analysis that takes critical events and changes in the nations economic and social structure as a starting point for understanding its political crises, the author unravels the contradictions of Guatemalan politics and illustrates why, in the face of unmatched military brutality and repeated U.S. interventions, popular and revolutionary movements have arisen time and again. The central protagonists in the turbulent battle for Guatemalarebels, death squads, and the United Statesare evaluated in a dynamic framework that highlights the role of indigenous peoples and women and underscores the articulation of ethnic and gender divisions with class divisions. This books interdisciplinary approach differentiates it from others in English and makes it an invaluable case study on the internal dynamics of Third World revolution and counterrevolution as well as on issues of human rights and U.S. policy in Central America.
A contemporary history of Guatemalas thirty-year civil warthe longest and bloodiest in the hemispherethis book pulls aside the veil of secrecy that has obscured the origins of the war. Using a stru
Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-275) and index.
About the Author
Susanne Jonas teaches Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An expert on Central America and Guatemala for over 32 years, she is the author of The Battle for Guatemala: Rebels, Death Squads, and U.S. Power (Westview 1991). She recently coedited Immigration: Civil Rights Issue for the Americas.