Politics in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua

Politics in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua

Politics in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua

Politics in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua

Synopsis

"A clear and balanced presentation of the dilemmas associated with each of the four nations. A skillful cultural framework is provided in the first chapter, which serves as an overview." Foreign Affairs "A fine study. Anderson's reputation as a scholar and a Latin Americanist will be enhanced when this study has time to make its imprint." American Political Science Review

Excerpt

When I volunteered to do a second edition of this work I thought that the task would be a simple one compared with the writing of the original volume. in this I was much mistaken. As I began to pile up data on the events between the summer of 1981 and that of 1987 I came to realize the huge transformation that had taken place over the course of the last six years. It was also surprising to realize how little of this could have been predicted six years ago. the process of rewriting has, therefore, been a humbling one, and it has made me realize that by the time you are reading these words further changes will have taken place that will modify many of the judgments made in this edition.

A new chapter, covering the last six years, has been added for each country, and there have been extensive changes in the earlier chapters as well. the final, concluding chapter has been almost entirely rewritten. the format of the work remains much the same.

A study such as this, which covers four separate though related countries, must, of necessity, have in it a bewildering number of names of individuals and organizations. As far as individuals are concerned, the reader would do well to keep in mind the Spanish practice of including the mother's family name after the father's family name when giving the complete name of the person. Thus, for instance, we can distinguish Anastasio Somoza García from his son, Anastasio Somoza Debayle. Sometimes a person will be known by his mother's family name, hence Maximiliano Hernández Martínez . . .

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