Central America history book-filter
April 17, 2012 8:46 AM Subscribe
If I could read just one history of Central America, what would it be?
posted by Beardman to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking about traveling in (the safe parts of) Central America, and I'd like to read up on the histories of the various countries. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time for casual reading, so if possible I'd like to begin with one of those magisterial histories of the whole region that addresses many elements (politics, war, culture)--something comparable to Judt's Postwar.
I'm not picky about the exact scope, but I'm more interested in the recent past (say, the last 100 years) than earlier than that. I should also say that while my strong preference would be something that covered more than one country, if there is an incredible history of Nicaragua, for example, I might be interested in that.
Does something like this exist?