The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Costa Rica Reader History Culture Politics Long characterized as an exceptional country within Latin America Costa Rica has been hailed as a democratic oasis in a continent scorched by dictatorship and revolution the ecological mecca of a bio

  • Title: The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics
  • Author: Steven Palmer Iván Molina Jiménez
  • ISBN: 9780822333722
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics

    Long characterized as an exceptional country within Latin America, Costa Rica has been hailed as a democratic oasis in a continent scorched by dictatorship and revolution the ecological mecca of a biosphere laid waste by deforestation and urban blight and an egalitarian, middle class society blissfully immune to the violent class and racial conflicts that have haunted thLong characterized as an exceptional country within Latin America, Costa Rica has been hailed as a democratic oasis in a continent scorched by dictatorship and revolution the ecological mecca of a biosphere laid waste by deforestation and urban blight and an egalitarian, middle class society blissfully immune to the violent class and racial conflicts that have haunted the region Arguing that conceptions of Costa Rica as a happy anomaly downplay its rich heritage and diverse population, The Costa Rica Reader brings together texts and artwork that reveal the complexity of the country s past and present It characterizes Costa Rica as a site of alternatives and possibilities that undermine stereotypes about the region s history and challenge the idea that current dilemmas facing Latin America are inevitable or insoluble.This essential introduction to Costa Rica includes than fifty texts related to the country s history, culture, politics, and natural environment Most of these newspaper accounts, histories, petitions, memoirs, poems, and essays are written by Costa Ricans Many appear here in English for the first time The authors are men and women, young and old, scholars, farmers, workers, and activists The Costa Rica Reader presents a panoply of voices eloquent working class raconteurs from San Jos s poorest barrios, English speaking Afro Antilleans of the Lim n province, Nicaraguan immigrants, factory workers, dissident members of the intelligentsia, and indigenous people struggling to preserve their culture With than forty images, the collection showcases sculptures, photographs, maps, cartoons, and fliers From the time before the arrival of the Spanish, through the rise of the coffee plantations and the Civil War of 1948, up to participation in today s globalized world, Costa Rica s remarkable history comes alive The Costa Rica Reader is a necessary resource for scholars, students, and travelers alike.

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    1. Shawn

      IntroductionPublished by Duke University Press, these readers are widely available for a number of countries. Having enjoyed The Cuban Reader, I was enticed to this one in preparation for an upcoming visit to Costa Rica. The great thing about these readers is that they present history by organizing incidental writings from a variety of sources and viewpoints, which has the effect of providing a more realistic and authentic view of the past. Colonial Costa RicaPrior to the arrival of Columbus in [...]

    2. Chaundra

      I find these readers to be a really interesting way to learn more about the history of the countries I'm visiting, but also to try and understand better the nuance of the cultures there. This is an excellent example in the series with good factual introductions (neither too long nor too short) and really engaging extracts or republications of different works. It includes not only written sources, but also reproductions of paintings, newspaper cartoons and photographs. I would highly recommend th [...]

    3. AskHistorians

      These are a series of country studies that provide a valuable overview of various Latin American countries. They use both primary and secondary sources by eyewitnesses and important scholars respectively to illuminate key periods of each country’s history. They also include a trove of images, maps, and fine art. Each volume focuses on a single country. Currently, Duke has published readers about the Dominican Republic, Chile, Paraguay, Guatemala, Ecuador, Perú, Costa Rica, Cuba, México, Arge [...]

    4. Purple Iris

      Parts 1 through 5 are chronological. 6 through 8 focus on contemporary Costa Rica and are divided thematically. I am really enjoying this. Some pieces are quite long: between 5 and 6 pages. Includes various flyers and brochures, photographs and reproductions of paintings. Many entries written by the editors themselves.

    5. David

      I was poking around on since I had a gift certificate from my credit card. My goal was to find books for one cent that I could take with me to Costa Rica. This ended up being much more than a penny, but I was pleasantly surprised to see it since I had taken a class with the author when he was a visiting professor at Iowa.

    6. Dhaivyd Hilgendorf

      I enjoyed what I read while travelling in Costa Rica, but it was a library book, and I didn't get very far in it before it had to be returned. I would recommend it, along with "Monkeys are Made of Chocolate" for travel reading in Costa Rica.

    7. Alex

      Excellent reader to understand why Costa Rica is different from its neighbors. Useful for courses taught on Central America or Costa Rica.

    8. Kara Freedman

      Some interesting primary and secondary source articles on Costa Rica. A little academic to just be pleasure reading, but definitely informative.

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