In this seventh edition, John A. Booth, Christine J. Wade, and Thomas W. Walker update a classic in the field which invites students to explore the histories, economies, and politics of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Covering the region's political and economic development from the early 1800s onward, the authors bring the Central American story up to date.
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Understanding Central America is an ideal text for all students of Latin American Politics and is highly recommended for courses on Central American politics, social systems, and history.
"This top-to-bottom update and revision make this edition of this classic work better than ever. Even if you have a prior edition, you will want this new one. Essential tool to the Central American region for newcomers and old timers alike." —Mitchell A. Seligson, Research Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
"Understanding Central America remains the best and most comprehensive treatment of this important sub-region of Latin America. The 7th edition is thoroughly revised with significant new material on each country, and does an excellent job capturing the impact of recent events on the state of democracy in Central America. Booth, Wade & Walker employ theoretically grounded and empirically rigorous analysis with clear prose that helps readers fully understand the history, politics and society of the sub-region. Understanding Central America is ideal for students and scholars needing a rigorous but yet accessible examination of Central America." —Orlando J. Pérez, Dean and Professor of Political Science, University of North Texas at Dallas
1. Crises and Transformation
2. Global Forces and System Change in Central America
3. The Common History
4. Costa Rica
6. El Salvador
9. Political Participation, Attitudes, and Democracy
10. Power, Democracy, and US Policy in Central America
11. Reflections and Projections