Costa Rica: A Global Studies Handbook

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Contents
Series Editor’s Forewordix
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Mapsxix
PART ONE: NARRATIVE SECTION1
Chapter One: Geography and History3
Pre-Hispanic Costa Rica15
The Conquest of Costa Rica and the Colonial Era28
Economic Development in the Central Valley: Coffee and Railroads41
The Rest of the Country: Cattle and Bananas50
Political Development, 1824–187053
Order and Progress: The Constitution of 1871 and the Liberal State57
Education and Modernization62
Economic Crisis and Challenges to the Liberal Order67
The Crisis of the Export Model75
Machine Politics, Reform, and the Civil War of 194877
References87
Chapter Two: The Costa Rican Economy93
The Exhaustion of the Classical Export Model and the Birth of the Mixed Economy94
Nationalization of the Banks96
Autonomous Institutions and the Manager State97
Coffee and Cooperatives101
Cattle Ranching and Deforestation in Guanacaste106

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Editor’s Foreword ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Maps xix
  • Part One - Narrative Section 1
  • Chapter One - Geography and History 3
  • Chapter Two - The Costa Rican Economy 93
  • Chapter Three - Politics and Institutions 169
  • Chapter Four - Society and Culture 227
  • Part Two - Reference Section 293
  • Key Events in Costa Rican History 295
  • Significant People, Institutions, Places, and Events 303
  • Costa Rican Language, Food, and Etiquette 321
  • Costa Rica–Related Organizations 333
  • Annotated Bibliography of Recommended Works on Costa Rica 345
  • Index 355
  • About the Authors 367
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