Reinterpreting the Banana Republic: Region and State in by Darío A. Euraque

By Darío A. Euraque

During this new research of Honduran social and political improvement, Dar?o Euraque explains why Honduras escaped the development of revolution and civil wars suffered through its pals Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. inside of this comparative framework, he demanding situations the normal Banana Republic 'theory' and its assumption that multinational organisations thoroughly managed nation formation in imperative the United States. as an alternative, he demonstrates how neighborhood society in Honduras's North Coast banana-exporting sector stimulated nationwide political improvement. in accordance with Euraque, the reformism of the Nineteen 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. additionally, Euraque indicates that by means of the Nineteen Sixties, the banana-growing components had develop into bastions of liberalism, led through neighborhood capitalists and arranged employees. This nearby political tradition without delay 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 accordingly, the hot regime was once in a position to effectively channel well known unrest into state-sponsored reform initiatives. in keeping with long-ignored resources in Honduran and American records and on interviews, the ebook indications a big reinterpretation of recent Honduran historical past.

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I hope that she reads the final product and that the many tables and statistical data no longer provoke panic and momentary madness. In Honduras many people helped me get access to libraries and archives rarely used for studies of this kind. Lic. Dionisio Sánchez of San Pedro Sula introduced me to the bureaucracy of the Registro Mercantil de Cortés, an archive critical to the first half of this book. Oscar Salazar Méndez and his friends helped in accessing documentation never before seen in San Pedro Sula's Municipal Archives.

During that time in Madison I enjoyed the intellectual sustenance of many scholars, especially Steve J. Stern, Florencia E. Mallon, and Thomas E. Skidmore (now at Brown University). I am particularly grateful that each of these scholars believed that Honduras deserved a wide-ranging reappraisal and that a small country in Central America little known in the "historiography" merited a study of this magnitude. Equally deserving of my gratitude is Professor Michael Fleet of Marquette University, Milwaukee, where I studied history and philosophy from 1978 to 1982.

I never would have met Oscar without the help of Lic. Anibal Delgado Fiallos. Lic. Delgado Fiallos, amid death threats during the late and repressive 1980s, provided entree to the private papers of Don Amilcar G6mez Robelo. In a similar vein I thank Don Pompeyo Melara, who first allowed me access to the papers of Ing. Rafael López Padilla and later entrusted me with the collection until I someday pass it on myself. Also in San Pedro Sula, the poet José Antonio Funes deserves my thanks, for he faithfully forwarded newspaper articles, books, and even asientos (photocopied documents) from the Registro Mercantil de Cortés long after 1987.

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