Colombia in the 1980s became known for its role in the illegal drug trade, and for political instability and violence caused by this problem. But much of this is a recent development in Colombia's history that began in the 1530s, when Spain conquered local Indian kingdoms. This is the story of how Spain's "new Granada" evolved into Venezuela, Ecuador, Panama, and modern Colombia.
The World's Political Hot Spots series explains the basis of conflicts in some of the world's most politically sensitive areas. Many of these regions are in today's headlines, and tensions recently have become violent in virtually all of them. Each presentation covers up to 10 centuries of background, revealing how and why today's problems occur.
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A good outline for further study
The program covers a tremendous amount of history in just under three hours. While it did not make me an expert, it gave me a feel for the topic and some ideas for further study.
The quotes and character voices, while sometimes a bit comical, helped me keep the characters straight while I was listening. My attention did not drift much.
The dynamic reading maintained my attention; I listened to this while walking to work in the mornings over a period of three days. The emphasis the narrator used helped me stay focused.
If I had three hours to dedicate to it, it would be ideal for a single sitting.
- Timothy Chen Allen
High school book report
Deeper analysis, fewer block quotes.
More historical context and development of the themes.
Performance involved reading block quotes with various accents. The accents were somewhat comical, and the passionate reading made everything sound like a made for TV teen movie.
- Alexander Reid