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dc.contributor.advisorStansifer, Charles L.
dc.contributor.authorFritz, Bruce W.
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-02T16:25:49Z
dc.date.available2011-08-02T16:25:49Z
dc.date.issued1995-04-24
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/7859
dc.descriptionThe University of Kansas has long historical connections with Central America and the many Central Americans who have earned graduate degrees at KU. This work is part of the Central American Theses and Dissertations collection in KU ScholarWorks and is being made freely available with permission of the author through the efforts of Professor Emeritus Charles Stansifer of the History department and the staff of the Scholarly Communications program at the University of Kansas Libraries’ Center for Digital Scholarship.
dc.description.abstractWhen one considers the Contras—the forces that opposed the Sandinista government of Nicaragua—the natural propensity is to view these forces as a monolithic institution. The purpose of this thesis is to draw a clear distinction between the Contras that were based in Honduras and the Southern Opposition Front (SOF) that was based in Costa Rica; more than geography separated these two fronts that opposed the FSLN government in the Contra War. In order to draw this distinction, this thesis will first offer a chronology of the Southern Front from its beginnings in 1980 through the declared cessation of hostilities in 1988. Following this, the reasons why the SOF came into existence will be examined through the application of the Collapsible Pyramid Model as presented by Jan Knippers Black and by reviewing the motivation behind US foreign policy toward Central America in the 1980s. Finally, five political science definitions will be presented in order to position the SOF Contras along the political continuum. The SOF's history was profoundly different from the Contra experience in Honduras and the impetus for its formation was likewise different. A variety of factors contributed to the failure of the SOF as both a political and a military organization.
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.titleSouthern Opposition Front in Costa Rica During the Contra War: 1980-1988
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.cmtememberTomasek, Robert D.
dc.contributor.cmtememberPérez, Orlando
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineLatin American Studies
dc.thesis.degreeLevelM.A.
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