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Revolution in the Countryside: Rural Conflict and Agrarian Reform in Guatemala, 1944-1954

Handy, Jim

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ISBN 10: 0807821276 / ISBN 13: 9780807821275
Published by Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994, 1994
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Title: Revolution in the Countryside: Rural ...

Publisher: Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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Although most discussions of the Guatemalan "revolution" of 1944-54 focus on international and national politics, Revolution in the Countryside presents a more complex and integrated picture of this decade. Jim Handy examines the rural poor, both Maya and Ladino, as key players who had a decisive impact on the nature of change in Guatemala. He looks at the ways in which ethnic and class relations affected government policy and identifies the conflict generated in the countryside by new economic and social policies. Handy provides the most detailed discussion yet of the Guatemalan agrarian reform, and he shows how peasant organizations extended its impact by using it to lay claim to land, despite attempts by agrarian officials and the president to apply the law strictly. By focusing on changes in rural communities, and by detailing the coercive measures used to reverse the "revolution in the countryside" following the overthrow of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman, Handy provides a framework for interpreting more recent events in Guatemala, especially the continuing struggle for land and democracy.

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"A thoroughgoing, archivally based treatment of agrarian reform. . . . An important and engaging study of an immensely complicated subject."-- American Historical Review

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