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By Darío A. Euraque

During this new research of Honduran social and political improvement, Dar degreeso Euraque explains why Honduras escaped the development of revolution and civil wars suffered via its buddies Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. inside of this comparative framework, he demanding situations the normal Banana Republic 'theory' and its assumption that multinational organizations thoroughly managed nation formation in imperative the USA. as a substitute, he demonstrates how neighborhood society in Honduras's North Coast banana-exporting area stimulated nationwide political improvement. in keeping with Euraque, the reformism of the Seventies, which avoided social and political polarization within the Nineteen Eighties, originated within the neighborhood politics of San Pedro Sula and different towns alongside the North Coast. in addition, Euraque indicates that through the Nineteen Sixties, the banana-growing components had develop into bastions of liberalism, led by means of neighborhood capitalists and arranged employees. This nearby political tradition at once encouraged occasions on the nationwide point, argues Euraque. particularly, the army coup of 1972 drew its ideology and civilian leaders from the North Coast, and hence, the recent regime was once capable of effectively channel well known unrest into state-sponsored reform tasks. according to long-ignored resources in Honduran and American data and on interviews, the booklet indications an incredible reinterpretation of contemporary Honduran history.

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