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Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States

by John Soluri

Bananas, the most frequently consumed fresh fruit in the United States, have been linked to Miss Chiquita and Carmen Miranda, "banana republics," and Banana Republic clothing stores-everything from exotic kitsch,...


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...


Women Legislators in Central America: Politics, Democracy, and Policy

by Michelle A. Saint-Germain & Cynthia Chavez Metoyer

During the years between 1980 and 1999, in the midst of war and economic crisis, a record number of women were elected to national legislatures in Central American republics. Can quantitative increases in the...


A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala, Second Revised Edition

by W. George Lovell

Though a 1996 peace accord brought a formal end to a conflict that had lasted for thirty-six years, Guatemala's violent past continues to scar its troubled present and seems destined to haunt its uncertain future....


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...


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...