Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself

4 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0520082892
ISBN-10: 0520082893
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy new
$31.95
Only 8 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
20 New from $20.95
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Qty:1
The Making of Modern Colo... has been added to your Cart
More Buying Choices
20 New from $20.95 25 Used from $7.81 1 Collectible from $29.93
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Save Up to 90% on Textbooks Textbooks
$31.95 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 8 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself
  • +
  • Between Legitimacy and Violence: A History of Colombia, 1875–2002 (Latin America in Translation)
  • +
  • Colombia: Fragmented Land, Divided Society (Latin American Histories)
Total price: $99.41
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

"I simply cannot think of an example of recent scholarship on Latin America that I found as thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable as this study."—Charles Bergquist, University of Washington

From the Back Cover

"I simply cannot think of an example of recent scholarship on Latin America that I found as thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable as this study." (Charles Bergquist, University of Washington)
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE



Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (February 9, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520082893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520082892
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Americans have a very biased view of this country, with its long history of democracy and excellent education system as well as its drug lords and endemic violence. Part of this problem stems from the lack of accurate information about Colombia. This book is the only one I could find in English that gives an accurate overview of the history and to a lesser degree culture of the country. While academic in its approach, it is still accessible to the lay reader, and anyone interested in learning more about Colombia should make sure to read it cover-to-cover.
Comment 21 of 21 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This is the best English language history of Colombia available. It follows the history of the country, from its disjointed past to its integrated yet violent present. Bushnell joins traditional "great man" history with current "socieconomic" and "cultural" history. He expresses unqualified admiration for Carlos Lleras Restrepo, and has good things to say about Rafael Nunez, Rafael Reyes, Alfonso Lopez Pumarejo, Cesar Gaviria, Gustavo Rojas Piniblla, Francisco de Paula Santander and even Laureano Gomez. He acknowledges the country's ancestral commitment to economic stability and political moderation (which it traces, among other reasons, to the influence of coffee culture and of the country's traditional poverty), its historic yet slowly eroding loyalty to the Catholic religion and its cultural distinctiveness.
He also provides data to explode the myth that the country is run by a land-owning, violent oligarchy, or that Colombian GDP is mainly drug related, or that the country has historically been more violent than its neighors.
He doesn't make the mistake of allowing his own prejudices to determine what he choses to highlight, while at the same time refraining from moral relativism. He acknowledges both good and bad in all main characters and groups in the country's history, and remains mostly optimistic about its future.
The bibliographic section is priceless, even for Colombians. If you'd like to go beyond generalities and pious nonsense about Colombia, read this book and then, if still interested, round it up with Henderson's "When Colombia Bled" and Safford and Palacios' "Colombia. Fragmented Land, Divided Society". A great list of books on Colombia is available in Amazon.com: just look at Bert Ruiz's "My Favorite Books on Colombia" for more, apposite material.
Comment 22 of 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The conflict in Colombia isn t easily explained, or studied however this book may provide a first glance on Colombia, and mainly the why's of the present conflict. It invites to some reflection, which always turns out to be incredibly useful.
Comment 10 of 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Anyone attempting to decipher the complexities of the Colombian crisis must start with this text. It is comprehensive and objective.
Comment 6 of 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
After having lived in Colombia for a year, I thought I would take it upon myself to learn a little more about this country. The Making of Modern Colombia by David Bushnell was a good place to start. It provides a good summary of the history of the country starting from original indigenous people who lived there up until the early 90's (the book was published in 93). It was a straight history book, so there wasn't much color commentary, but overall I was able to get into the book and remain interested. The writing was good enough that it wasn't boring. Also, it was 280 pages which is a decent length for an overview of a history. Not too long, that you are bogged down and give up and not to short that you miss important events. Overall, good starting point and I would recommend it.

That being said, as I am sure most history books are like this, it focused a lot on the macro level when it comes to Economics, Politics, Demographics, etc. so with this approach you need to be aware that beneath all of these numbers are stories from people lives, for good and for bad. After reading this book, I would like to read a few more books that get below the surface of these large issues like la violencia or the different guerrilla groups (before this I had only thought of FARC and not the ELN or the M-19), as well as the stories of the workers who's lives were influenced for better or for worse by the movements of industries and the engineering of the country.
Read more ›
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I knew little about Colombia's history and so after asking many questions of my accommodation host while I was staying in Bogota he suggested I read this book. I found it a very easy read, which gave me a full appreciation of the history of the politics of Colombia. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in gaining a good appreciation of Colombia's political history from the time of settlement of the spaniards.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on June 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
The chapters dealing with Colombia's early history are fascinating but the later chapters, dealing with more recent events, seem to expose some of the author's own bias. Jenny Pearce's "Colombia: Inside the Labyrinth" provides a harder hitting analysis of modern Colombian politics. Bushnell's book is still worth reading for its analysis of the early centuries in Colombia -- the influence of which is being felt to this day.
Comment 7 of 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself
This item: The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself
Price: $31.95
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com