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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...


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...


The Education of a Radical: An American Revolutionary in Sandinista Nicaragua

by Michael Johns

"I went to Nicaragua with nothing but a tourist visa, $1,500 in cash, the name of someone at the Agrarian Reform Ministry, and the idea of being a revolutionary intellectual. . . . The idea took hold in a simple...


Missing Mila, Finding Family: An International Adoption in the Shadow of the Salvadoran Civil War

by Margaret E. Ward

In the spring of 1983, a North American couple who were hoping to adopt a child internationally received word that if they acted quickly, they could become the parents of a boy in an orphanage in Honduras. Layers...


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...


Spanish Central America: A Socioeconomic History, 1520-1720

by Murdo J. MacLeod

The seventeenth century has been characterized as "Latin America's forgotten century." This landmark work, originally published in 1973, attempted to fill the vacuum in knowledge by providing an account of the...


The Quiet Revolutionaries: Seeking Justice in Guatemala

by Frank M. Afflitto & Paul Jesilow

The last three decades of the twentieth century brought relentless waves of death squads, political kidnappings, and other traumas to the people of Guatemala. Many people fled the country to escape the violence....


Varieties of Liberalism in Central America: Nation-States as Works in Progress

by Forrest D. Colburn & Arturo Cruz S.

Why do some countries progress while others stagnate? Why does adversity strengthen some countries and weaken others? Indeed, in this era of unprecedented movement of people, goods, and ideas, just what constitutes...


Broadcasting the Civil War in El Salvador: A Memoir of Guerrilla Radio

by Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Charles Leo, V Nagle & A.L. (Bill) Prince

During the 1980s war in El Salvador, Radio Venceremos was the main news outlet for the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), the guerrilla organization that challenged the government....


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...


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,...


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


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...


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...


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...


The Battle of Venezuela

by Michael Mccaughan

In August 2004, the Venezuelan public came out in record numbers to deliver an overwhelming vote of confidence. After many attempts to unseat him, Hugo Chåvez, the former military man who took the country first...


Breaking the Maya Code (Third Edition)

by Michael D. Coe

The inside story of one of the great intellectual breakthroughs of our time—the first great decipherment of an ancient script—now revised and updated. In the past dozen years, Maya decipherment has made...


Jungleland

by Christopher S. Stewart

"I began to daydream about the jungle...."

On April 6, 1940, explorer and future World War II spy Theodore Morde (who would one day attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler), anxious about the perilous journey that...


After the Coup: An Ethnographic Reframing of Guatemala 1954

by Timothy J. Smith & Abigail E. Adams

This exceptional collection revisits the aftermath of the 1954 coup that ousted the democratically elected Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz. Contributors frame the impact of 1954 not only in terms of the liberal...