Imagining Central America: Short Histories (Paperback)
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A concise review of the major events, social movements, politics, and economics of the seven countries that comprise Central America.
Given the strategic location of Central America, its importance to US foreign policy, and the migration from the region to other parts of the world, this succinct summary of the countries of Central America is an essential resource for those working in, studying, writing about, or traveling to the region. Promoting increased understanding of the region’s governance, economics, and structures of power, Imagining Central America highlights the many ways that Central American countries are connected to the United States through resettling, economic investment, culture flows, and foreign policy.
Each of the seven chapters focuses on a different country within Central America—Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama—and includes a map, regional introduction, timeline, and history of each country from the pre-Columbian era to the present day. Each chapter also provides a substantial recommended reading list of novels and academic sources for readers who want to learn more about the key events and themes within individual countries. A QR code within each chapter links to online resources that walk readers through each country in full color.
About the Author
Serena Cosgrove is a Sociologist and Anthropologist. She is an Associate Professor of International Studies and the Director of Latin American Studies at Seattle University; she currently serves as the Faculty Coordinator for SU’s Central America Initiative. Her previous books include the co-authored book, Understanding Global Poverty: Causes, Capabilities, and Human Development (2018), and Leadership from the Margins: Women and Civil Society Organizations in Argentina, Chile, and El Salvador (2010).
Isabeau J. Belisle Dempsey graduated from Seattle University in 2019 with a double major in International Studies and Spanish.
“This is an invaluable text for students, instructors, policymakers, and journalists. I would welcome it as a key introductory text for my own undergraduate courses and I also believe it provides a much-needed resource for graduate students who are embarking on new projects and who may not know the region.”
— Irina Carlota Silber, City College of New York
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