Costa Rica: A Global Studies Handbook

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country’s more urgent problems. All of these critics want Costa Rica to continue to be what it has for so long aspired to be, and seem to have concluded that it cannot do that without a large and painful dose of truth.

This book would be impossible without the work of journalists and investigators like those mentioned above. Our aim is to celebrate those things that still make the country unique; to give context to the problems that concern its citizens and admirers today; and to share in the spirit and, in our own small way, a bit of the work of these critics. This work has helped us to see Costa Rica, as small and unique as it is, as a place on the front lines of most of the major challenges to achieving something like sustainable human development. It is a different interpretation of the place than one finds in the tourist literature, but it is offered in the hope that those who read it—and those who visit Costa Rica—will pay attention to those challenges and assume their part of the work too.

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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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