LaRosa Publishes New History of Colombia


Prof. Michael J. LaRosa has co-authored Colombia: A Concise Contemporary History with Germán R. Mejía, Professor of History at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. The book was recently published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Tracing two centuries of Colombian history, the book presents the political, social, and cultural accomplishments of the Colombian people. In contrast to previous historians who have focused undue attention on the country’s violent past, LaRosa and Mejía emphasize Colombia’s remarkable national cohesion and endurance since the early nineteenth century.

The book, divided into ten brief chapters, includes a photo essay with sixteen photographs that help the reader visualize Colombia’s history. Seven maps were drawn by the authors for this book, and the work contains a detailed chronology, resource guide and select bibliography.