In this second, revised and updated edition, Dr. Booth assesses the performance of the revolutionary government since 1979. The structure and operation of the regime is closely examined, as well as its policies and their implementation. The author details the difficulties the Sandinistas have encountered with the breakdown of their revolutionary coalition and the emergence of domestic and external opposition. He also discusses the difficulty of achieving economic recovery due to the effects of economic reorganization, private sector fears, and external economic sanctions. Finally, Dr. Booth focuses on the foreign policy of the Sandinistas, in particular their increasingly tense relationship with the United States.
Table of Contents
Also of Interest -- Preface to the Second Edition -- Revolutionary Theory and Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution -- Factional Strife and Manifest Destiny -- From Dollar Diplomacy to Sandino -- The Foundation of the Dynasty -- Like Father Like Sons -- Social Class and Opposition to the Somoza Dynasty -- Foreign and Domestic Opposition -- The Insurrection of 1977–1979 -- The Beginning: Government in Revolutionary Nicaragua -- Policies and Performance of the Revolutionary Government -- Across a Frontier of History: The Revolution and Its Future
John A. Booth, associate professor of political science at North Texas State University, has written extensively on political violence in Latin America and is acquainted with Nicaraguans on all sides of the conflict. Research for this volume was conducted while he was a Fulbright lecturer in international relations at the National Autonomous University of Costa Rica and during several subsequent trips to the region. He is also coauthor (with Thomas W. Walker) of Understanding Central America (forthcoming from Westview Press).