Publication by Miguel Tinker Salas - Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know Book Cover

Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know

by Miguel Tinker Salas

In this concise, accessible addition to Oxford's What Everyone Needs to Know® series, Miguel Tinker Salas -- a native of Venezuela who has written extensively about the country -- takes a broadly chronological approach that focuses especially on oil and its effects on Venezuela's politics, economy, culture, and international relations. After an introductory section that discusses the legacy of Spanish colonialism, Tinker Salas explores the "The Era of the Gusher," a period which began with the discovery of oil in the early twentieth century, encompassed the mid-century development and nationalization of the industry, and ended with a change of government in 1989 in response to widespread protests. The third section provides a detailed discussion of Hugo Chavez-his rise to power, his domestic political and economic policies, and his high-profile forays into international relations-as well as surveying the current landscape of Venezuela in the wake of Chavez's death in March 2013. Arranged in a question-and-answer format that allows readers to search topics of particular interest, the book covers questions such as, who is Simón Bolívar and why is he called the George Washington of Latin America? How did the discovery of oil change Venezuela's relationship to the U.S.? What forces where behind the coups of 1992? And how does Venezuela interact with China, Russia, and Iran?


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Publication by Miguel Tinker Salas - Una herencia que perdura, petróleo, cultura y sociedad en Venezuela Book Cover

Una herencia que perdura, petróleo, cultura y sociedad en Venezuela

by Miguel Tinker Salas

En este libro el autor analiza el ascenso de la industria petrolera y las múltiples formas en que los intereses de las empresa extranjeras se entrecruzaron con los intereses de las clases emergentes en Venezuela. De esta forma los sectores empleados en la industria concibieron un interés de clase y un concepto de participación de la ciudadanía que dependía del éxito de la industria petrolera.

La confluencia entre poder y cultura queda claro en un emergente estilo de vida "moderno" que tenía como premisa las prácticas diarias, y las lealtades intrínsecas que fomentaba la industria petrolera en sus campos residenciales. El argumento básico de este libro es que la industria petrolera en Venezuela no funcionó como un aislado enclave de la economía de exportación, sino que ejerció una amplia influencia sobre la formación de valores políticos y sociales evidentes entre trabajadores, intelectuales y miembros de la clase media.


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