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In political terms, Honduras resembles much of the rest of Central America. Frequent changes of government, numerous constitutions, authoritarian leaders, wide-spread corruption, and an inability to solve basic problems are common to Honduras and to the region.

A historian of Honduras once wrote that his country's history could be "written in a tear.“

In terms of social policy, however, Honduras stands somewhat apart from its neighbors. It was slower to modernize, there were no great extremes of wealth between landowners and the rest of the population, and society appeared more paternalistic and less exploitive than was the case in other Central American states.

Honduras lacks the sharp social divisions that helped to plunge Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala into rebellion and civil war. And Honduran governments have seemed somewhat more responsive to demands for change. Still, Honduras is a poor country. Its people have serious problems—widespread illiteracy, malnutrition, and inadequate health care.

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