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Foreword by Pamela Murray Introduction Chapter 1: Origins Chapter 2: The Colombian Nations Chapter 3: The Dynamics of a Political Community Chapter 4: The Cadence of Unity Chapter 5: Conflict Chapter 6: Economic Unity Photo Essay Chapter 7: A Common Space Chapter 8: Cultural Dynamism Chapter 9: Daily Life Chapter 10: Colombia and the World Chapter 11: Colombians Abroad Chapter 12: Colombians Search for Peace Conclusion Colombian Chronology, 1810-1991 Selected Bibliography

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Michael J. LaRosa is associate professor of history at Rhodes College. German R. Mejia is professor of history and dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota.


This book offers a refreshing perspective on Colombian history, underscoring the factors that have fostered viability for the Colombian state and unity within its society, in spite of the violence, inequalities, geographic obstacles, and crises that have continually threatened to pull the country apart. The concise second edition of this synthetic and engaging narrative explores a complex yet resilient contemporary Colombian society and examines possible paths toward a peaceful future. -- Lina Del Castillo, University of Texas at Austin
This insightful book grounds the reader in the social and economic roots of Colombia's long history of violence, but more importantly, it offers a banquet of insights into Colombian identity and nationhood-ranging from its early use of aerial ski lifts for coffee distribution to the country's literature, art, and theatre. It's all here and it's a fascinating read. -- June Carolyn Erlick, editor-in-chief of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America and author of A Gringa in Bogota
This book is a concise, comprehensive, and refreshing account of Colombian history, society, and culture. While LaRosa and Mejia do not ignore the topics of conflict, violence, and fragmentation, they highlight the often-overlooked features that have served to unite Colombia as a nation, including Catholicism and education as well as sports, soap operas, music, and modern technology. In doing so, they capture the complexity, vibrancy, and richness of the Colombian people and their history. -- Hayley Froysland, Indiana University South Bend
This synthesis of Colombia's modern history is an extraordinary example of scholarly innovation. LaRosa and Mejia's presentation of this national history in thematic chapters immerses the reader in a thought-provoking and original consideration of deeper historical patterns. The result is a pleasure to read. -- Joshua Rosenthal, Western Connecticut State University

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