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The making of modern Colombia : a nation in spite of itself

Author: David Bushnell
Publisher: Berkeley : Univ. of California Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Colombia's status as the fourth largest nation in Latin America and third most populous--as well as its largest exporter of such disparate commodities as emeralds, books, processed cocaine, and cut flowers--makes this, the first history of Colombia written in English, a much-needed book. It tells the remarkable story of a country that has consistently defied modern Latin American stereotypes--a country where  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Bushnell
ISBN: 0520078020 9780520078024 0520082893 9780520082892
OCLC Number: 25009607
Description: x, 334 p., [14] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Indians and Spaniards --
Severing the ties with Spain (1781-1819) --
The Gran Colombian experiment (1819-1830) --
Independent New Granada : a nation-state, not yet a nation (1830-1849) --
The nineteenth-century liberal revolution (1849-1885) --
The regeneration and its aftermath : a positivist-conservative reaction (1885-1904) --
The new age of peace and coffee (1904-1930) --
The liberal republic (1930-1946) --
The era of the Violencia (1946-1957) --
The national front : achievements and failures (1958-1978) --
The latest era : confounding the predictions (1978- )
Responsibility: David Bushnell.
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Colombia's status as the fourth largest nation in Latin America and third most populous--as well as its largest exporter of such disparate commodities as emeralds, books, processed cocaine, and cut flowers--makes this, the first history of Colombia written in English, a much-needed book. It tells the remarkable story of a country that has consistently defied modern Latin American stereotypes--a country where military dictators are virtually unknown, where the political left is congenitally weak, and where urbanization and industrialization have spawned no lasting populist movement. There is more to Colombia than the drug trafficking and violence that have recently gripped the world's attention. In the face of both cocaine wars and guerrilla conflict, the country has maintained steady economic growth as well as a relatively open and democratic government based on a two-party system. It has also produced an impressive body of art and literature. David Bushnell traces the process of state-building in Colombia from the struggle for independence, territorial consolidation, and reform in the nineteenth century to economic development and social and political democratization in the twentieth. He also sheds light on the modern history of Latin America as a whole.--Publisher description.

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