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Coffee and power : revolution and the rise of democracy in Central America

Author: Jeffery M Paige
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"In the revolutionary decade between 1979 and 1992, it would have been difficult to find three political systems as different as deathsquad-dominated El Salvador, peaceful social-democratic Costa Rica, and revolutionary Sandinista Nicaragua. Yet when the fighting ended, all three had found a common destination in democracy and free markets. In a landmark book that fuses political economy and cultural analysis,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffery M Paige
ISBN: 0674136497 9780674136496 0674136489 9780674136489
OCLC Number: 40469049
Notes: Originally published in 1997.
Description: xv, 432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
I. Social origins of the Central American crisis. Revolution and the coffee elite --
Class and class relations --
II. History and memory: the crisis of the 1930s. Farabundo Martí and the failure of revolutionary socialism --
Manual Mora and the rise of Euro-communism --
Augusto César Sandino and the failure of revolutionary nationalism --
III. Narratives of class: the crisis of the 1980s. Agro-industrialists versus agrarians in El Salvador --
Democracy and anti-communism in Costa Rica --
Neo-liberalism and agro-industry in Costa Rica --
Liberty and the Contra in Nicaragua --
IV. Social transformation and elite narrative, 1979-1992. Democracy and revolution --
From liberalism to neo-liberalism --
Appendix A: marriages and descendents of children of James Hill and Dolores Bernal Nájera --
Appendix B: selection of the interview population --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Jeffery M. Paige.

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