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Power In The Isthmus: A Political History Of Modern Central America
Power In The Isthmus: A Political History Of Modern Central America
By James Dunkerley
Verso, 1988, 691 pp
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A sweeping survey of Central America's economic and political history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with emphasis on its uneven development since 1950; the tensions within Central America between unity and diversity among five nations that were once united, and the identification of critical points of change that have reshaped the history of the isthmus. Dunkerley avoids the tendency in too much of the contemporary literature on Central America to ignore the region's own dynamics and to exaggerate the role and impact of the United States. Although his sympathy with the poor and repressed in Central America is clear, Dunkerley writes with more balance, and with a far surer grasp of the data, than most.