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Armies without nations : public violence and state formation in Central America, 1821-1960

Author: Robert H Holden
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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"Drawing on archival research in all five countries as well as in the United States, Holden elaborates on the connections among the national, regional, and international dimensions of public violence. Armies Without Nations crosses the borders of Central American and Latin American history, providing a model for the study of global history and politics."--BOOK JACKET.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert H Holden
ISBN: 0195161203 9780195161205
OCLC Number: 52268923
Description: x, 336 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part 1 : 1821-1939. Historical dimensions of public violence in Latin America --
Binding hatreds : public violence, state, and nation in Central American history --
Guatemala : organizing for war --
El Salvador : a democracy of violence --
Honduras : caudillos in search of an army --
Nicaragua : a new army finds its caudillo --
Costa Rica : caudillos in search of a state --
Part 2 : 1940-1960. Transformations --
Defining collaboration : the United States and Central America --
Guatemala : "Showcase of Latin America" --
El Salvador : distrustful collaborator --
Honduras : remaking an "armed rabble" --
Nicaragua : "Ready to receive orders from Uncle Sam" --
Costa Rica : an army renamed --
Conclusions --
Statistical appendix --
Notes.
Responsibility: Robert H. Holden.
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Public violence, scarcely analyzed and little understood, is the subject of this pathbreaking research into the histories of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Robert Holden  Read more...

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