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Honduras : a country study

Honduras : a country study

Author: Tim Merrill; Library of Congress. Federal Research Division.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Federal Research Division, Library of Congress : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1995.
Series: Area handbook series.; DA pam, 550-151.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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Additional Physical Format: Honduras
Online version:
Washington, D.C. : Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, 1995
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Merrill; Library of Congress. Federal Research Division.
ISBN: 0844408360 9780844408361
OCLC Number: 31434665
Notes: "Research completed December 1993."
Supercedes the 1983 ed. of Honduras : a country study, edited by James D. Rudolph and issued by Foreign Area Studies, American University.
Description: xxx, 318 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Pre-Columbian society. The Mayan heritage ; Other Indigenous groups --
Spanish conquest and settlement. The initial explorations ; The era of the conquistadors --
Colonial Honduras. The spread of colonization and the growth of mining ; Colonial society, economy, and government ; Anglo-Spanish rivalry --
The early independence years, 1821-99. The collapse of Spanish rule ; The United Provinces of Central America ; The development of an independent nation, 1838-99 --
Banana boats and gunboats: the rise of United States influence, 1899-1932. The growth of the banana industry ; The expanded role of the United States ; The threat of renewed instability, 1919-24 ; The restoration of order, 1925-31 --
Strongman rule, 1932-63. The era of Tiburcio Carí́as Andino, 1932-54 ; Aborted reform, 1954-63 --
Military rule and international conflict, 1963-78. War with El Salvador ; Military rule and reform --
The return to civilian rule, 1978-82 --
Honduras in the middle: United States policy and the Central American crisis. The Suazo Córdova administration: Caudillo politics in the shadow of the military ; Honduras and the Nicaraguan conflict ; The struggle of electoral democracy: the elections of 1985 --
From Contadora to Esquipulas: the crisis abates. The Contadora process ; The Arias plan ; Accord in Nicaragua --
Geography. Location and boundaries ; Boundary disputes ; Topography ; Climate ; Hydrography --
Demographic trends. Population density and distribution ; Rural-to-urban migration ; Regional emigration ; Population growth --
Social sectors. Background ; Advocates for social change ; The upper class ; The middle class ; The lower class --
Family and kin --
Living conditions. Rural life ; Urban life --
Ethnic groups. Indigenous groups ; Other non-Ladino groups --
Religion --
Social welfare. Education ; Health --
The environment --
Growth and structure of the economy --
Macroeconomic trends. Recent growth ; Inflation ; Unemployment --
Role of government. Fiscal policies ; Monetary and exchange-rate policies ; Budget --
Human resources. Composition of labor force ; Employment indicators and benefits ; Labor unions --
Agriculture. Land use ; Agricultural policy ; Land reform ; Traditional crops ; Nontraditional crops ; Livestock ; Fishing ; Forestry --
Natural resources and energy. Mining and minerals ; Energy sources ; Electric power --
Industry. Manufacturing ; Construction --
Services. Banking and financial system ; Tourism ; Telecommunications ; Transportation --
External sector. Trade ; Foreign investment --
Constitutional background --
Governmental institutions and process. Executive ; Legislative ; Judiciary ; Local government ; The electoral process --
Political dynamics. Political parties ; Interest groups ; Domestic human rights organizations ; The press ; Civilian democratic rule --
Foreign relations. The United States ; Central America --
Historical background. The army as political instrument, 1838-1922 ; Development of an independent military identity, 1922-63 ; Consolidation and organization maturity, 1963-80 --
Constitutional and other legal provisions --
The armed forces. Army ; Air force ; Navy ; Public security force ; Other military units ; Recruitment and training ; Ranks, insignia, and uniforms --
Military finances. Defense budget ; Involvement in the nation's economy ; United States military assistance and training ; Military ties with other countries --
The penal system and human rights. Penal system ; Respect for human rights ; Domestic human rights organizations.
Series Title: Area handbook series.; DA pam, 550-151.
Responsibility: Federal Research Division, Library of Congress ; edited by Tim L. Merrill.
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