Honduras: An Area Study in Government

Honduras: An Area Study in Government

Honduras: An Area Study in Government

Honduras: An Area Study in Government

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Honduras is a Central American republic with an area no larger than the state of Pennsylvania, populated by only about a million people, and with comparatively little economic or political influence in international relations. Why then, a volume, or even a monograph, on its political institutions? The most important reason is because it is impossible to find an accurate, recent study of Honduran government in either Spanish or English. This is true despite the fact that close relations between the United States and Honduras in trade, hemispheric defense, and inter-American politics point to the value of such a study. In addition, however, Honduras is one of the most interesting of the Latin-American countries. Bananas, silver, filibusters, O. Henry, the United Fruit Company, all of them evoke a story or two of romance and adventure from the life and times of this turbulent little country. In government no less than in social and economic life, there is interest and variety. Honduras has had its share of military dictatorships, but it has also experimented with semiparliamentary government. As colony and independent nation, it has seen tried monarchy, empire, federation, representative-republic. Exploration of the Honduran political system is profitable for this reason. It also serves, however, as an introduction to the broad principles of government of larger areas in the Western Hemisphere, and of Central America in particular.

The research for this study on Honduran government was begun in 1939 with the collection of data from the libraries of . . .

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