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Published: 24 October 2011

352 Pages | 14 illus.


ISBN: 9780195310207

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Armies without Nations

Public Violence and State Formation in Central America, 1821-1960

Robert H. Holden

  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2005
  • "Contrary to much of the scholarly literature of the 1980s, which sought causes for Central American violence in U.S. policy, and contrary also to the official U.S. government view at the time, which blamed Soviet or Cuban meddling, Holden argues that the prevalence of violence in the region is a product of its own history and not of intervention by external actors....Theoretically informed and heavily documented with archival sources from both the United States and Central America, Holden's work is a major contribution to our understanding of the military and political history of twentieth-century Central America....Scholars interested in militarism and violence in public life in Latin America, and especially in Central America, will want to read and discuss this book."—American Historical Review
  • "Armies without Nations integrated, regional history and provides a crucial conceptual framework through which to understand how individuals and groups within these particular and emerging nations chose to employ similar tools and methods of social control to assure political power."— Journal of Latin American History

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