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Archeology and Volcanism in Central America: The Zapotitán Valley of El Salvador

by Payson D. Sheets

Scientists have long speculated on the impact of extreme natural catastrophes on human societies. Archeology and Volcanism in Central America provides dramatic evidence of the effects of several volcanic disasters...


Crisis in Costa Rica: The 1948 Revolution

by John Patrick Bell

The Costa Rican revolution of 1948 capped an extended period of social tension and political unrest. This book analyzes the circumstances of 1940-1948 that led to a successful armed uprising. A secondary and...


The Southeast Maya Periphery

by Patricia A. Urban & Edward M. Schortman

Archaeologists are continually faced with a pervasive problem: How can cultures, and the interactions among cultures, be differentiated in the archaeological record? This issue is especially difficult in peripheral...


Maya Archaeology and Ethnohistory

by Norman Hammond & Gordon R. Willey

Embracing a wide range of research, this book offers various views on the intellectual history of Maya archaeology and ethnohistory and the processes operating in the rise and fall of Maya civilization. The...


Africans into Creoles: Slavery, Ethnicity, and Identity in Colonial Costa Rica

by Russell Lohse

Unlike most books on slavery in the Americas, this social history of Africans and their enslaved descendants in colonial Costa Rica recounts the journey of specific people from West Africa to the New World.


Literature and Politics in the Central American Revolutions

by John Beverley & Marc Zimmerman

"This book began in what seemed like a counterfactual intuition . . . that what had been happening in Nicaraguan poetry was essential to the victory of the Nicaraguan Revolution," write John Beverley and Marc...


Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion, and Change

by John A. Booth, Christine J. Wade & Thomas W Walker

This text offers an authoritative, comprehensive analysis of Central America’s political evolution including revolution, rebellion, regime changes, and democratic consolidation.


Intellectual Foundations of the Nicaraguan Revolution

by Donald C. Hodges

In this critical study of the thought of Augusto Cesar Sandino and his followers, Donald C. Hodges has discovered a coherent ideological thread and political program, which he succeeds in tracing to Mexican...


Panama Odyssey

by William J. Jorden

The Panama Canal Treaties of 1977 were the most significant foreign policy achievement of the Carter administration. Most Latin American nations had regarded the 1903 treaty and its later minor modifications...


Sandino's Communism: Spiritual Politics for the Twenty-First Century

by Donald C. Hodges

Drawing on previously unknown or unassimilated sources, Donald C. Hodges here presents an entirely new interpretation of the politics and philosophy of Augusto C. Sandino, the intellectual progenitor of Nicaragua's...


Inca Civilization in Cuzco

by R. Tom Zuidema & Jean-Jacques Decoster

A description of the spatial organization, social classes, mythology and calendar of Inca society in Cuzco. This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's (http://www.humanitiesebook.org) online...


Popol Vuh

by Anonymous

"Of all the American people , the Quiché region of Guatemala have left us the richest mythological legacy. The story of creation, which appears in the Popol Vuh, which may be called the national book of the...


I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944

by David, Jr. Carey

Given Guatemala's record of human rights abuses, its legal system has often been portrayed as illegitimate and anemic. I Ask for Justice challenges that perception by demonstrating that even though the legal...


Beyond Slavery: The Multilayered Legacy of Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean

by Darién J. Davis

Beyond Slavery traces the enduring impact and legacy of the African diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean in the modern era. In a rich set of essays, the volume explores the multiple ways that Africans...


Latin America During World War II

by John F. Bratzel, Thomas M. Leonard & George Lauderbaugh

The first full-length study of World War II from the Latin American perspective, this unique volume offers an in-depth analysis of the region during wartime. Each country responded to World War II according...


Female Prostitution in Costa Rica: Historical Perspectives, 1880-1930

by Anne Hayes

This book analyzes the development of female prostitution in the Pacific port of Puntarenas, Costa Rica during the advanced stage of the coffee exporting economy (1880-1930), at the height of the consolidation...


Lost in the Long Transition: Struggles for Social Justice in Neoliberal Chile

by William L. Alexander, Joan E. Paluzzi & Jessica Budds

Presenting case studies by anthropologists, historians, political scientists, and environmental specialists,Lost in the Long Transition critically examines the impact of neoliberal economic and social policies...


Maya after War: Conflict, Power, and Politics in Guatemala

by Jennifer L. Burrell

Guatemala's thirty-six-year civil war culminated in peace accords in 1996, but the postwar transition has been marked by continued violence, including lynchings and the rise of gangs, as well as massive wage-labor...


Historical Dictionary of Colombia

by Harvey F. Kline

The Historical Dictionary of Colombia covers the history of Colombia through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and a bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,000 cross-referenced entries...


INSIDE CENTRAL AMERICA: The Essential Facts Past and Present on El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Rica

by Phillip Berryman

Since 1979, United States policy in Central America has been based on an assumption that revolutionary movements led by Marxists must represent a serious threat to U.S. interests and security. On this point,...