The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1993 - History - 334 pages
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Colombia's status as the fourth largest nation in Latin America and third most populous—as well as its largest exporter of such disparate commodities as emeralds, books, processed cocaine, and cut flowers—makes this, the first history of Colombia written in English, a much-needed book. It tells the remarkable story of a country that has consistently defied modern Latin American stereotypes—a country where military dictators are virtually unknown, where the political left is congenitally weak, and where urbanization and industrialization have spawned no lasting populist movement.

There is more to Colombia than the drug trafficking and violence that have recently gripped the world's attention. In the face of both cocaine wars and guerrilla conflict, the country has maintained steady economic growth as well as a relatively open and democratic government based on a two-party system. It has also produced an impressive body of art and literature.

David Bushnell traces the process of state-building in Colombia from the struggle for independence, territorial consolidation, and reform in the nineteenth century to economic development and social and political democratization in the twentieth. He also sheds light on the modern history of Latin America as a whole.

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First book I read when Laura and I started dating. She's always surprised I read it, as she thought the book really boring. I totally disagree - much more variety than most histories in terms of ... Read full review

Review: The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself

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I read this after spending two weeks in Bogotá. It really helped explain why Colombia is the way it is today. This book is also the only history book specifically written about Colombia in English ... Read full review


Indians and Spaniards
Severing the Ties with Spain 17811819
The Gran Colombian Experiment 18191830
Independent New Granada A Nation State Not Yet a Nation 18301849
The NineteenthCentury Liberal Revolution 18491885
The Regeneration and Its Aftermath A PositivistConservative Reaction 18851904
The New Age of Peace and Coffee 19041930
The Liberal Republic 19301946
The National Front Achievements and Failures 19581978
The Latest Era Confounding the Predictions 1978
Presidential Elections 18261990
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The Era of the Violencia 19461957

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David Bushnell is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Florida and the author of The Santander Regime in Gran Colombia, among other books.

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