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A Brief History of Central America

A Brief History of Central America
Author: Hector Perez-Brignoli
ISBN 13: 9780520068322
ISBN 10: 520068327
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1989-11-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $29.95

"The Breve Historia offers a Latin American point of view . . . and a more explicitly political focus on the twentieth century. . . . It is stimulating reading and usefully controversial in some places. For now, it is probably the best single short history available."—Brian Loveman, San Diego State University

"He demonstrates a fine talent for isolating and depicting major themes in the history of an area otherwise portrayed with great confusion. . . . I think he offers a masterful synthesis."—E. Bradford Burns, University of California, Los Angeles

Library Journal

Resource-poor Central America, except for its proximity to the Panama Canal, had been ignored by most of the world until the 1979 Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. Dictatorship, repression, and poverty in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and neighboring Belize and Panama, or the fragility of democratic Costa Rica, little interested the average American until Reagan made the region an international issue. Since then, studies and commentaries, most of them partisan, have multiplied. In contrast, Perez-Brignoli's brief history is balanced. Ralph Lee Woodward Jr.'s Central America: A Nation Divided (LJ 6/15/76; 1985. 2d ed.) is still the best history in English, but this Costa Rican scholar offers a judicious Central American viewpoint. In his view, the seeds of the current crisis were and are sown by shortsighted, selfish local elites, sometimes aided by the United States and other nations. For interested laypersons, this is an excellent introduction with an accurate sense of the region, past and present.-- Donald J. Mabry, Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State