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Gift of the devil : a history of Guatemala

Author: Jim Handy
Publisher: Boston, MA : South End Press, ©1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Guatemalan history has been dominated by a long string of revolts punctuated by periods of exploitation and suppression. It is a history of sharp contrasts, of violent conflict between an oppressive elite and a majority Indian population. The first full history of Guatemala to appear in several decades, this volume reveals that the country's current traumas are a bitter but logical extension of a past based on harsh  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Handy, Jim, 1952-
Gift of the devil.
Boston, MA : South End Press, ©1984
(OCoLC)647030843
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Handy
ISBN: 0896082474 9780896082472 0896082482 9780896082489
OCLC Number: 11533298
Description: 319 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Indians and the Colonial Legacy --
Revolt From The Mountains: Rafael Carrera and the 1838 Uprising --
Barrios And The Coffee Economy: Order, Progress and the Assault on Indian Land --
Banana Empire: U.S. Intervention and the Ubico Dictatorship --
The Ten Years Of Spring: "Spiritual Socialism" and the Capitalist Revolution --
The Arbenz Administration: Agrarian Reform and the Counter-Revolution of 1954 --
Politics And The Military, 1954-1970: The Failure of Electoral Politics --
Politics And The Military In The 1970s: The Violence Escalates --
The Post-1954 Economy: "Showcase of Capitalist Development" --
The Economy And The Highland Peasantry: Land, Profits and Poverty --
"A Smouldering Element": The Rebirth of Popular Organization --
Conclusion: Peasants, Politics and Repression in the 1980s --
Guatemalan Political Parties and Elections Post-1954.
Responsibility: Jim Handy.

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Guatemalan history has been dominated by a long string of revolts punctuated by periods of exploitation and suppression. It is a history of sharp contrasts, of violent conflict between an oppressive elite and a majority Indian population. The first full history of Guatemala to appear in several decades, this volume reveals that the country's current traumas are a bitter but logical extension of a past based on harsh colonial institutions, dispossession and racial and economic oppression.

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