Subject: History / Latin America / Central America

Subject: History / Latin America / Central America

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The Catholic Church and Politics in Nicaragua and Costa Rica

|9780822983705|Unlike most recent studies of the Catholic Church in Latin America, Philip J. Williams analyzes the Church in two very dissimilar political contexts-Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Despite the obvious differences, Williams argues that in both cases the Church has responded to social change in remarkably similar fashion. The efforts of progressive clergy to promote change in both countries have been largely blocked by Church hierarchy, fearful that such change will threaten the Church's influence in society.| Philip Williams| Pitt Latin American Series| History / General History / Latin America / Central America Religion / Christianity / Catholic

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Xuxub

|9780822966029|Historias de una Muerte en el Viejo Yucatán|En octubre de 1875, durante la larga guerra de castas de Yucatán, un pequeño grupo de mayas rebeldes de Santa Cruz asedió el rancho azucarero, de nombre Xuxub, propiedad de un estadounidense asentado en el noreste de la península. Este ataque mortal, quizás insignificante en comparación con otros innumerables sucesos de mayor crueldad hizo que cambiara el rumbo del conflicto y fuera posible la contemplación de la paz. Hasta los descendientes de los rebeldes mantienen vivo en sus tradiciones orales ese día tan funesto. Quedó también constancia del suceso en innumerables documentos y…

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Militarization and Demilitarization in El Salvador’s Transition to Democracy

|9780822956464| With the resignation of General Renee Emilio Ponce in March 1993, the Salvadorian army’s sixty-year domination of El Salvador came to an end. The country’s January 1992 peace accords stripped the military of the power it once enjoyed, placing many areas under civilian rule. Establishing civilian control during the transition to democracy was no easy task, especially for a country that had never experienced even a brief period of democracy in its history.Phillip J. Williams and Knut Walter argue that prolonged military rule produced powerful obstacles that limited the possibilities for demilitarization in the wake of the peace accords….

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An Agrarian Republic

|9780822957003|Commercial Agriculture and the Politics of Peasant Communities in El Salvador, 1823–1914|With unprecedented use of local and national sources, Lauria-Santiago presents a more complex portrait of El Salvador than has ever been ventured before. Using thoroughly researched regional case studies, Lauria-Santiago uncovers an astonishing variety of patterns in land use, labor, and the organization of production. He finds a diverse, commercially active peasantry that was deeply involved with local and national networks of power. An Agrarian Republic challenges the accepted vision of Central America in the nineteenth century and critiques the “liberal oligarchic hegemony” model of El Salvador. Detailed discussions…

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Honorable Lives

|9780822985914| The first work in English to discuss the social and political history of lawyers in a Latin American country, Honorable Lives presents a portrait of lawyers in late colonial and early modern Colombia. Uribe-Uran focuses on the social origins, education, and careers of those qualified to practice law before the highest colonial courts—Audiencias—and the republican courts after the 1820s. In the course of his study, Uribe-Uran answers many questions about this elite group of professionals. What were the social origins and families of lawyers? Their relation to the state? Their participation in political movements and parties, revolutions, civil wars,…

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