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A Concise History of Bolivia


  • 5 maps 4 tables
  • Page extent: 336 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.505 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 984
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: F3321 .K54 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Bolivia--History

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521807821 | ISBN-10: 0521807824)

In its first Spanish edition, Herbert Klein's A Concise History of Bolivia won immediate acceptance within Bolivia as the new standard history of this important nation. Surveying Bolivia's economic, social, cultural, and political evolution from the arrival of early man in the Andes to the present, this current version brings the history of this society up to the present day, covering the fundamental changes which have occurred since the National Revolution of 1952 and the return of democracy in 1982. These changes have included the introduction of universal education and the rise of the mestizos and Indian populations to political power for the first time in national history. Containing an updated bibliography, A Concise History of Bolivia remains an essential text for courses in Latin American history and politics.

• The standard history of Bolivia to date • The only general modern interpretive text written on this country • Widely used in undergraduate and graduate courses and by the general reading public


1. Geography and pre-Columbian civilization; 2. The creation of a colonial society; 3. Late colonial society: crisis and growth; 4. Revolution and the creation of a nation-state, 1809–1841; 5. The crisis of the state, 1841–1880; 6. The ages of silver and tin, 1880–1932; 7. Disintegration of the established order 1932–1952; 8. From the national revolution to the cold war, 1952–1982; 9. Creating a multiethnic democracy, 1982–2002; Bibliographical essay; Political chronology.

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