Guatemala has long been a field for struggle between other powers, and today, racked by civil war, it avoids the full glare of international attention only because most of the Central American region is beset by similar problems. Despite a continued belief in the reconstitution of a unified Central American state arid a long-running claim to Belize, Guatemala has played a passive rather than an active role in international politics. The influence of international economic interests explains to a large degree why Guatemala has not been more active in the international arena. In this book, Professor Calvert examines Guatemala's history and the principal aspects of the country's faction-tom society and seeks to explain the problems—and their consistently violent manifestations—that have attended the course of the country's social, economic, and political development.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Introduction -- Land and People -- The Social Structure and Culture -- Development as a Nation: 1523-1944 -- The Revolution of 1944 and Its Consequences -- Government and Politics Since 1944 -- The Economy -- Development Schemes and Policies -- Guatemala's Changing International Position -- Conclusion