The History of Venezuela
2nd Edition
by H. Micheal Tarver
October 2018, 248pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5773-7
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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Venezuela has undergone currency devaluation and been subject to price controls and expropriation of industries, bringing severe shortages of goods, hyperinflation, and political corruption.

An indispensable resource for readers interested in Venezuelan history, this book analyzes Venezuela's economic crisis through the context of its political and social history.

For decades, the economy of Venezuela has depended on petroleum. As a consequence of a reduction in the price of oil, Venezuela recently experienced an economic downturn resulting in rampant social spending, administrative corruption, and external economic forces that collectively led credit-rating agencies to declare in November 2017 that Venezuela was in default on its debt payments. How did this Latin American nation come to this point?

The History of Venezuela explores Venezuela’s history from its earliest times to the present day, demonstrating both the richness of Venezuela and its people and the complexity of its political, social, and economic problems. As with all titles in The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series, this chronological narrative examines political, economic, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in Venezuela’s long and rich history, providing readers with a concise yet up-to-date study of the nation. The volume highlights the country’s wide variety of cultures, languages, political ideologies, and historical figures and landmarks through maps, photographs, biographies, a timeline, and a bibliographical essay with suggestions for further reading.


  • Translates Spanish words upon first use and provides additional information about terms in a glossary to help readers to accurately interpret the text
  • Includes a timeline of significant events, providing students with an at-a-glance overview of Venezuelan history
  • Presents an appendix of Notable People in the History of Venezuela to give readers short biographies of those who have made important contributions to the country's history
  • Provides photos and maps to support the text by adding context for readers
  • Offers an annotated bibliography to give readers detailed information on resources for further research
H. Micheal Tarver, PhD, is professor of history at Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR. He is editor of The Spanish Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia; era editor of World History Encyclopedia, Era 8: Crisis and Achievement, 1900-1945; and author of Rise and Fall of Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez: An Historical Examination, v. 1: The early years and v. 2. The Later Years; among other works. He is also adjunct member of the Grupo de Análisis Socio-Politico de Venezuela at the Universidad de Los Andes (Mérida).


"Public and school libraries should strongly consider acquiring this survey as it provides background information on an international calamity that is getting significant coverage from media outlets around the world."—ARBA, February 4, 2019

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, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
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