Historical Dictionary of Colombia

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Scarecrow Press, Jun 1, 2012 - History - 555 pages
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Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America and one of the continent’s most populous nations. It has substantial oil reserves and is a major producer of gold, silver, emeralds, platinum, and coal, along with a significant number of natural resources. Colombia has also been ravaged by a decades-long violent conflict involving outlawed armed groups, drug cartels, and gross violations of human rights. Recently the country has made some progress towards improving security, and President Santos has pledged to continue to improve security by passing laws to strengthen the judicial system; a reform of the manner of distributing royalties paid by mining and petroleum companies; and a tougher law against corruption.

The Historical Dictionary of Colombia covers the history of Colombia through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and a bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,000 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Colombia.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Numbers
25
A
27
B
61
C
89
D
159
E
177
F
205
Q
417
R
419
S
439
T
463
U
477
V
487
W
497
Y
503

G
223
H
251
I
263
J
273
K
279
L
281
M
303
N
341
O
351
P
361
Z
505
Colombian Presidents
507
Regions Departmental Populations Areas and Densities 2005 Census
511
Average Levels of Violence during Samper and Pastrana Years 19962002
513
AUC Demobilizations
515
Levels of Violence during the Governments of Álvaro Uribe Vélez
517
Bibliography
519
About the Author
555
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About the author (2012)

Harvey F. Kline has studied Colombia since he was exchange student there in 1964. He retired from university teaching in 2010 after 42 years of teaching at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá), the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.