Peasant-State Relations in Guatemala
Monsma, Joel Christian
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This paper is a culmination of years of study on Central American politics, both domestic and foreign. My choice of Guatemala as a case study stems from an internship in Philadelphia in 1988. I did extensive research and writings through The Program for Emergency Aid, Cooperation and Education (P.E.A.C.E.) for Guatemala. Guatemala is a neglected area of Central America in the press (being overshadowed by its neighbors EI Salvador and Nicaragua) and it has received a large amount of US aid in the 1980s. It would seem a greater concern to Americans, since Texas is closer to Guatemala than to Washington DC. This is an important aspect of peasant-state relations in Guatemala. Why? Due to the growing interdependence of nation-states in the world.