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Latin America at the End of Politics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 142

Latin America at the End of Politics

After decades of ideological struggle, much of it in the service of an elusive socialist ideal, Latin America has embraced liberalism--democracy and unfettered markets. But liberalism has triumphed more by default than through exuberance. The region's democracies are fragile and lethargic. Despite pronounced social inequality, widespread poverty, and other difficulties, the populace is not engaged in deep discussions about state and society. The end of ideological contests has dampened political conflict, but likewise lessened the sense of urgency for solving trenchant problems. Political fatigue and devotion to acquisition have smothered egalitarianism as even an ideal. There is an uneasy s...

My Car in Managua
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 148

My Car in Managua

Histories of revolutions often focus on military, political, or economic upheavals but sometimes neglect to connect these larger events to the daily lives of "ordinary" people. Yet the peoples' perception that "things are worse than before" can topple revolutionary governments, as shown by the recent defeat of the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua and the governments of Eastern Europe. Providing the kind of prosaic, revealing details that more formal histories have excluded, My Car in Managua offers an objective, often humorous description of the great difficulties and occasional pleasures of life in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution. During a year's work (1985-1986) at the Instituto C...

Managing the Commanding Heights
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 151

Managing the Commanding Heights

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The Vogue of Revolution in Poor Countries
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 135

The Vogue of Revolution in Poor Countries

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  • Published: 1994
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  • Publisher: Unknown

In the aftermath of World War II, a surprisingly large number of poor countries were upset by revolution: Vietnam, China, Cuba, Algeria, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Angola, Afghanistan, Iran, and Nicaragua. Revolutionaries in these geographically and culturally disparate countries came to power through different routes, but once in power they had remarkably similar ideas about how to remake their states and societies. In this passionate analysis of the course of these revolutions, Forrest Colburn suggests that shared institutional and policy choices of revolutionary elites arose from a fashionable political imagination. Paradoxically, in an era marked by the demise of European colonialis...

Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-07-22
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Peasant rebellions are uncommon. "Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance" explores peasants' foot dragging, feigned ingorance, false compliance, manipulation, flight, slander, theft, arson, sabotage, and similar prosaic forms of struggle. These kinds of resistance stop well short of collective defiance, a strategy usually suicidal for the subordinate. The central argument about peasant resistance is presented in the opening chapter by James Scott in which he summarizes and extends the thesis of his book on Malaysia's peasantry, "Weapons of the Weak". Scott's ideas are employed and refined in the ensuing seven country studies of peasant resistance: Poland, India, Egypt, Colombia, China, Nicaragua and Zimbabwe.

Varieties of Liberalism in Central America
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 136

Varieties of Liberalism in Central America

Why do some countries progress while others stagnate? Why does adversity strengthen some countries and weaken others? Indeed, in this era of unprecedented movement of people, goods, and ideas, just what constitutes a nation-state? Forrest Colburn and Arturo Cruz suggest how fundamental these questions are through an exploration of the evolution of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica over the last quarter of a century, a period of intriguing, often confounding, paradoxes in Central America's development. Offering an elegant defense of empiricism, Colburn and Cruz explore the roles of geography and political choice in constructing nations and states. Countries are shown...

Korea Briefing
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 298

Korea Briefing

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2002
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  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

This new edition of Korea Briefing provides a timely analysis of the evolving relationship between South and North Korea. In June 2000, after years of ignoring the South Korean government, the North Korean leader Kim Jong II finally agreed to a summit meeting with South Korea's President Kim Dae Jung. As a sign of reconciliation, the summit meeting has prompted Korea and its neighbors to rethink the assumptions of the Cold War era. With contributions by a multi-national panel of Koreanexperts, the book discusses a wide range of topics, including South Korean politics and economy; Korea's relations with its neighbors and with the United States; recent changes in North Korea; the fate of North Korean defectors; and lessons in German reunification for the two Koreas. The discussions are supplemented by a glossary, a chronology of events occurring from June 1999 to June 2001, and a bibliography.

Post-Revolutionary Nicaragua
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 145

Post-Revolutionary Nicaragua

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Beyond Urban Bias
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Beyond Urban Bias

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-02-04
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  • Publisher: Routledge

First Published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Tres fuerzas empujan la competitividad en América Latina
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 7

Tres fuerzas empujan la competitividad en América Latina

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2009
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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