This book discusses the blend of Andean and Caribbean characteristics that define Colombia, particularly in its geography, demography, and social structure. It introduces readers to a complex and beautiful country that has been transformed from a fairly successful democracy to a near-pariah.
1. The Land and the People 2. Colombia from Prehistory to 1930 3. Partisan Conflict, 1930–1974 4. The Edge of Chaos, 1974–1994 5. Government and Politics 6. The Colombian Mixed Economy and Public Policy 7. The International Dimension 8. Prognosis