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Colombia : a concise contemporary history

Author: Michael LaRosa; Germán Mejía P
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2012.
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Written by two leading historians, this book traces the history of Colombia thematically, covering the past two centuries. In ten interlinked chapters, the authors depart from more standard approaches by presenting a history of political, social, and cultural accomplishments within the context of Colombia's specific geographic and economic realities. Their emphasis on cultural development, international relations,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael LaRosa; Germán Mejía P
ISBN: 9781442209350 1442209356 9781442209374 1442209372
OCLC Number: 758392623
Description: xx, 265 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Origins --
The Colombian Nations --
The Dynamics of a Political Community --
The Cadence of Unity --
Conflict --
Economic Unity --
A Common Space --
Cultural Dynamism --
Daily Life --
Colombia and the World --
Chronology.
Responsibility: Michael J. LaRosa and Germán R. Mejía.

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Written by two leading historians, this book traces the history of Colombia thematically, covering the past two centuries. In ten interlinked chapters, the authors depart from more standard approaches by presenting a history of political, social, and cultural accomplishments within the context of Colombia's specific geographic and economic realities. Their emphasis on cultural development, international relations, and everyday life contrasts sharply with works that focus only on Colombia's violent past or dwell on a Colombian economy deeply dependent on narcotics, a tragic nation that barely functions. Instead, the authors emphasize Colombia's remarkable national cohesion and endurance since the early nineteenth-century wars for independence. Including a photo essay, detailed chronology, and resource guide, this history presents a thoughtful, definitive interpretation of Colombia's past and present.

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