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Transnational Politics in Central America$
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Luis Roniger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036632

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036632.001.0001

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Ebbs and Flows of Regional Dismemberment and Unification

Ebbs and Flows of Regional Dismemberment and Unification

(p.87) 8 Ebbs and Flows of Regional Dismemberment and Unification
Transnational Politics in Central America

Luis Roniger

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the persistent attempts of reconstitution of political unity or at least regional coordination carried out from the 1840s to the 1920s and points out the tension-ridden existence of broader regional and more secluded state-related perceptions of nationhood leading to the multilayered ebbs and flows of regional unification and dismemberment. Ever since the end of the federal pact and the disintegration into separate states, there have been attempts at regional reunification. Some of these attempts were motivated by the will of leaders to establish their regional hegemony, as indicated earlier. Others were triggered as a reaction to the attempts at centralization, and still others were prompted by the reaction to external threats and foreign interventions. Sustaining these attempts at reunification and beyond the specifics of each attempt was an underlying feeling of disappointment with the current achievements of the separate republics.

Keywords:   political unity, regional unification, regional dismemberment, centralization, republics

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