Synopses & Reviews
During the 1980s, El Salvador's violent civil war captured the world's attention. In the years since, the country has undergone dramatic changes. Landscapes of Struggle offers a broad, interdisciplinary assessment of El Salvador from the late nineteenth century to the present, focusing on the ways local politics have shaped the development of the nation.
Proceeding chronologically, these essays-by historians, political scientists, sociologists, and anthropologists-explore the political, social, and cultural dynamics governing the Salvadoran experience, including the crucial roles of land, the military, and ethnicity; the effects of the civil war; and recent transformations, such as the growth of a large Salvadoran diaspora in the United States. Taken together, they provide a fully realized portrait of El Salvador's troublesome past, transformative present, and uncertain future.
"An excellent example of a new generation of scholarship on El Salvador. It represents a concerted effort to apply the insights of subaltern studies, gender studies, historical anthropology, and cultural studies to the understanding of the country’s past."
—Héctor Lindo-Fuentes, Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute, Fordham University