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The Origins of Central America's Civil Wars

Sharon Erickson Nepstad

in Convictions of the Soul

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195169232
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835195 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195169239.003.0002
 The Origins of Central America's Civil Wars

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This chapter discusses the origins of civil wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala, and U.S. involvement in Central America. The Spanish conquest in the early 16th century established a feudal economic system that led to widespread inequality, poverty, and conflict between wealthy landowners and the poor masses. These conditions erupted into civil wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The US, fearing the spread of communism, backed a series of military regimes and dictatorships in these countries.

Keywords: Central America; United States; Nicaragua; El Salvador; Guatemala; civil wars

Chapter.  10263 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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