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Published by ICS Press, Institute for Contemporary Studies in San Francisco, Calif .
Written in English



  • Caribbean Area,
  • Spain,
  • United States,
  • Central America,
  • Nicaragua


  • Caribbean Area -- Politics and government -- 1945-,
  • Spain -- Politics and government -- 1975-,
  • United States -- Foreign relations -- Central America.,
  • Central America -- Foreign relations -- United States.,
  • Nicaragua -- Intellectual life.

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Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 189-196.

Statementedited by Stephen Schwartz ; [contributions by Octavio Paz, Edén Pastora, P.A. Cuadra & others ; preface by Heberto Padilla].
ContributionsSchwartz, Stephen, 1948-, Paz, Octavio, 1914-, Institute for Contemporary Studies.
LC ClassificationsF2183 .T73 1986
The Physical Object
Paginationxxv, 198 p. ;
Number of Pages198
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2430860M
ISBN 100917616871
LC Control Number87119992

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