Since the 1980s, Costa Rican historians have developed a trend of systematically reflecting on their research and writing. This volume is the latest step in that trend. It groups together the papers presented at the 2010 conference entitled Primer Seminario de Historiografía Costarricense, Siglos XIX–XXI. While the book's title emphasizes the first decade of the twenty-first century, several of the essays extend their analysis as far back as the 1970s. Most of the authors are well known within the country's historiography, and all of them have written detailed and informative essays.

The volume contains 13 chapters: 3 of them present general considerations about Costa Rica's historiography and its historians, while the remaining 10 focus on specific fields. Lowell Gudmundson wrote the first of the general essays, mixing remembrances of his academic experiences in 1970s Costa Rica with reflections on how to move...

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