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A Short History of Guatemala
In A SHORT HISTORY OF GUATEMALA, Ralph Lee Woodward, Jr. (Ph.D., Tulane University, 1962) briefly synthesizes the exciting history of Guatemala from its ancient Maya heritage to the present. Based on nearly a half-century of research on the history of this Central American republic, the work highlights the political, economic, and social evolution of Guatemala, with partic ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published November 10th 2008 by Editorial Laura Lee
(first published November 15th 2005)
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I read this before and during a ten day trip to Guatemala last summer. It's a little (read "very") dry and focuses a lot on economic development through the centuries (which I admit I find incredibly boring), but if you want something more in-depth than the History section of your Lonely Planet guide, this is pretty much the only game in town (surprisingly). It gives less attention than I would have liked to the twentieth-century (I would have liked to know more about what it was like in the 195 ...more
True to its word, this is an excellent SHORT history of Guatemala. The summary offers much clarity and great background for those desiring to delve deeper into Guatemala's fascinating history. It lacked detail in some areas that I found most crucial (such as the civil war and contemporary years post-la violencia), but the concise nature of the piece makes it easy to understand the basics before exploring more on your own. Woodward's extensive knowledge of the colonial years shines through in thi ...more