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Fragmented Land, Divided Society

Frank Safford and Marco Palacios

Publication Date - June 2001

ISBN: 9780195046175

416 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $74.99

Offers the most extensive discussion available in English of the whole of Colombian history


Colombia: Fragmented Land, Divided Society is a comprehensive history of the third most populous country of Latin America. It offers the most extensive discussion available in English of the whole of Colombian history-from pre-Columbian times to the present. The book begins with an in-depth look at the earliest years in Colombia's history, emphasizing the role geography played in shaping Colombia's economy, society, and politics and in encouraging the growth of distinctive regional cultures and identities. It includes a thorough discussion of Colombian politics that looks at the ways in which historical memory has affected political choices, particularly in the formation and development of the country's two traditional political parties. The authors explore the factors that have contributed to Colombia's economic troubles, such as the delay in its national economic integration and its relative ineffectiveness as an exporter. The three concluding chapters offer an authoritative and up-to-date examination of the impact of coffee on Colombia's economy and society, the social and political effects of urban growth, and the multiple dimensions of the violence that has plagued the country since 1946. Written in clear, vigorous prose, Colombia: Fragmented Land, Divided Society is essential for students of Latin American history and politics, and for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the history of this fascinating and tumultuous country.

Table of Contents

    Maps and Tables
    1. Continuity and Change in Colombia's Economic Geography: An Overview
    2. Pre-Colombian Cultures
    3. European Conquest
    4. Colonial Economy and Society, 1540-1780
    5. Crises of Authority, 1700-1808
    6. Independence, 1808-1825
    7. Bolivar's Colombia, 1819-1831
    8. The Formation of New Granada as a Polity, 1831-1845: Origins of the Two Traditional Parties
    9. Economy and Society, 1821-1850
    10. The Liberal Era, 1845-1876
    11. Neither Liberty nor Order, 1875-1903
    12. The Republic of Coffee, 1903-1946
    13. A Nation of Cities
    14. Political Violence in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
    Selective Bibliographic Guide
    Chief Executives of Colombia (1819-2001)