The regime of Anastasio Somoza, 1936-1956
To many observers, Anastasio Somoza, who ruled Nicaragua from 1936 until his assassination in 1956, personified the worst features of a dictator. While not dismissing these characteristics, Knut Walter argues that the regime was in fact more notable for its achievement of stability, economic growth, and state building than for its personalistic and dictatorial features. Using a wide range of sources in Nicaraguan archives, Walter focuses on institutional and structural developments to explain how Somoza gained and consolidated power.
Walter, Knut, The regime of Anastasio Somoza, 1936-1956. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1993.
Copyright: University of North Carolina Press, c1993.
Walter, Knut, "The regime of Anastasio Somoza, 1936-1956" (1993). Walter J. Petry Book Gallery. 77.