The History of Central America

by Thomas L. Pearcy

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December 2005


Pages 192
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics World History/Politics and Government

Central America is an extraordinarily beautiful part of the world, with sweeping panoramic vistas of tropical vegetation, towering mountains, and striking ethnic and racial diversity. This tropical paradise has a history as diverse as its people and cultures. Starting with the Maya in ancient Mesoamerica, the History of Central America continues with European contact and the subsequent subjugation of the people of Central America. Spaniards established and ruled their Central American empire during the Colonial period. This led to the National period, independence movements, and the subsequent development of independent, sovereign Central American nations. By the mid-20th century, the economies, governments, and populations of the seven republics had evolved so distinctly that each has its own unique set of challenges to deal with today. Pearcy examines the development of each individual nation and the regional similarities that propelled or constrained that development.

Ideal for students and general readers, the History of Central America is part of Greenwood's Histories of Modern Nations series. With over 30 nations' histories in print, these books provide readers with a concise, up-to-date history of countries throughout the world. Reference features include a biographical section highlighting famous figures in Central American history, a timeline of important historical events, a glossary of terms, and a bibliographical essay with suggestions for further reading.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Timeline of Events in Central American History
An Introduction to the Seven Nations of Central America
Central America
Early Roots of Modern Central America
From United Provices to Independent States: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua
Panama: From Columbian Provice to Occupied State
The United States and Central America
The Cold War I: Communism and "Freedom Fighters"
Cold War II: Belize, Costa Rica, and Panama
Central America in the Twenty-First Century
Notable People in the History of Central America
Glossary of Foreign Language Words and Key Concepts
Central American History: A Bibliographic Essay



"Pearcy presents an up-to- date, concise, analytical history of the seven nations of Central America for students and interested laypeople. The text includes an introductory overview of the seven countries and of early Central America; the evolution of the countries from provinces held by other nations to independent entities; relations between the U.S. and the region; developments during the latter half of the 20th century; and Central America in the 21st century. The historical narrative is supplemented with a timeline of historical events, brief biographies of notable individuals in the region's history, a glossary of foreign language words and key concepts, and a bibliography for further reading."—Reference & Research Book News

Series Description

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world’s nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation’s long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, timeline of events, biographical sketches of key fi gures, glossary, and bibliographic essay.

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