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The U.S. State Department Central Files are the definitive source of American diplomatic reporting on political, military, social, and economic developments throughout the world in the 20th century. Concentrating exclusively on those Central Files that have not been microfilmed by the National Archives or other publishers, UPA's microfilm editions of the Central Files nonetheless dwarf the State Department's very selective volumes of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS). Containing less than one percent of the material in the Central Files, FRUS focuses on U.S. relations with individual countries but does not include coverage of many of the key topics to which the majority of the original files are devoted. Each part of the Central Files contains a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats in foreign countries: special reports on political and military affairs; studies and statistics on socioeconomic matters; interviews and minutes of meetings with foreign government officials; court proceedings and other legal documents; full texts of important letters, instructions, and cables sent and received by U.S. diplomatic personnel; voluminous reports and translations from foreign journals and newspapers; and countless translations of high-level foreign government documents. Bordered by Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala, the strategically located nation of Honduras is in the midst of much turmoil in Central America. UPA's Central Files series covers Honduran history from 1945 through 1959. These records show how Juan Manuel Gdlvez, the handpicked successor of Carfas, displayed surprising independence from his former mentor. During his presidency, such opposition groups as the Liberal Party were allowed to organize, press freedoms were expanded, liberal labor legislation was passed, and government expenditures for education were increased. Also covered in great detail are the presidential succession crisis of 1954, the rise and fall of President Julio Lozano Diaz, and the increased influence of the armed forces in political affairs in the wake of the military coup of 1956.
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