The Historical Dictionaries series has been published by Scarecrow Press, of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, for over 40 years, covering everything from “professions and industries” and “discovery and exploration” to individual country surveys. Guatemala was the subject of one of the first volumes of the Americas series, originally written in 1967 by Richard E. Moore. It takes one's breath away to think about how different this new version by Michael Fry must be.

All the historical dictionaries include a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a map (in this case, taken from the United Nations), a chronology, a narrative historical survey written as an introduction, the dictionary, and a chronological and topical bibliography. Anyone who studies twentieth-century Latin America, with its proliferation of political, business, labor, and social activist organizations, will appreciate the acronyms and abbreviations list, but Fry also includes...

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