Emerging From the Shadow of the Eagle

Thomas W. Walker, Christine J. Wade

Sixth Edition • July 12, 2016 • 264 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813349862 • $35.00 USD$45.50 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813350394 • $22.99 USD$22.99 CAN

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Nicaragua: Emerging from the Shadow of the Eagle details the country’s unique history, culture, economics, politics, and foreign relations. With historical coverage from colonial times through the Sandinista Revolution and the FSLN’s consolidation of power in the 21st century, Thomas W. Walker and Christine J. Wade offer an accessible overview of modern Nicaragua.

The thoroughly revised sixth edition now features a chronological organization in addition to new material covering political, economic, and social developments since 2011, including the 2011 presidential elections, the FSLN’s wide-ranging constitutional reforms, the Ortega administration’s record on gender equality, and the controversial interoceanic canal project. Students of Latin American politics and history will learn how interventions by the United States—the “eagle” to the north—have shaped Nicaraguan political, economic, and cultural life, and the extent to which Nicaragua is increasingly emerging from the eagle’s shadow.

Thomas W. Walker is professor emeritus of political science and director emeritus of Latin American studies at Ohio University. His eleven books include Reagan versus the Sandinistas, Revolution and Counterrevolution in Nicaragua, and Understanding Central America (Westview Press).

Christine J. Wade is associate professor of political science and international studies at Washington College in Maryland. She is the author of Captured Peace: Elites and Peacebuilding in El Salvador (Ohio University Press) and coauthor of Understanding Central America (Westview Press).

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Map of Nicaragua

1  Early History: The Pre-Columbian Period to the Mid-1930s
2  The Somoza Era and the Sandinista Revolution
3  The Sandinistas in Power
4  A Revolution at War
5  The Conservative Restoration
6  A Revolution Returns

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Praise for Prior Editions

“Few countries have been gripped so tightly, and for so long, by the talons of the eagle as Nicaragua. With meticulous scholarship and scrupulous care, this extensive updating of Thomas Walker’s standard work provides rich insight into Nicaragua’s courageous struggles for freedom and their fate, and into the motives and character of the eagle. It is a revealing case study that teaches lessons of great value for understanding the world.”
—Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“More than thirty years have passed since the FSLN came to power in a popular revolution, but the story of that special era and its meaning for contemporary Nicaragua and Latin America more generally is very much worth revisiting. Walker and the new coauthor, Christine Wade, do an excellent job of connecting the past with the present.”
—Gary Prevost, St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict

“A succinct, thoughtful, multifaceted overview of Nicaragua by two excellent scholars of Central America. Rich in detail and insight, the fifth edition of Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle continues to serve as the best introduction to Nicaragua and Nicaraguan politics. It is ideally suited for undergraduate courses and beginning graduate courses, and for the general reader.”
—Harry E. Vanden, University of South Florida

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