A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War

A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War

by Gilbert M. Joseph
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822347377

ISBN-13: 9780822347378

Pub. Date: 10/21/2010

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Latin America experienced an epochal cycle of revolutionary upheavals and insurgencies during the twentieth century, from the Mexican Revolution of 1910 through the mobilizations and terror in Central America, the Southern Cone, and the Andes during the 1970s and 1980s. In his introduction to A Century of Revolution, Greg Grandin argues that the dynamics of

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Latin America experienced an epochal cycle of revolutionary upheavals and insurgencies during the twentieth century, from the Mexican Revolution of 1910 through the mobilizations and terror in Central America, the Southern Cone, and the Andes during the 1970s and 1980s. In his introduction to A Century of Revolution, Greg Grandin argues that the dynamics of political violence and terror in Latin America are so recognizable in their enforcement of domination, their generation and maintenance of social exclusion, and their propulsion of historical change, that historians have tended to take them for granted, leaving unexamined important questions regarding their form and meaning. The essays in this groundbreaking collection take up these questions, providing a sociologically and historically nuanced view of the ideological hardening and accelerated polarization that marked Latin America’s twentieth century. Attentive to the interplay among overlapping local, regional, national, and international fields of power, the contributors focus on the dialectical relations between revolutionary and counterrevolutionary processes and their unfolding in the context of U.S. hemispheric and global hegemony. Through their fine-grained analyses of events in Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru, they suggest a framework for interpreting the experiential nature of political violence while also analyzing its historical causes and consequences. In so doing, they set a new agenda for the study of revolutionary change and political violence in twentieth-century Latin America.

Contributors
Michelle Chase
Jeffrey L. Gould
Greg Grandin
Lillian Guerra
Forrest Hylton
Gilbert M. Joseph
Friedrich Katz
Thomas Miller Klubock
Neil Larsen
Arno J. Mayer
Carlota McAllister
Jocelyn Olcott
Gerardo Rénique
Corey Robin
Peter Winn

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822347378
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/21/2010
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
738,701
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Living in Revolutionary Time: Coming to Terms with the Violence of Latin America's Long Cold War Greg Grandin 1

Part 1 The First Cold War

Violence and Terror in the Russian and Mexican Revolutions Friedrich Katz 45

Mueras y matanza: Spectacles of Terror and Violence in Postrevolutionary Mexico Jocelyn Olcott 62

On the Road to "El Porvenir": Revolutionary and Counterrevolutionary Violence in El Salvador and Nicaragua Jeffrey L.Gould 88

Ránquil: Violence and Peasant Politics on Chile's Southern Frontier Thomas Miller Klubock 121

Part 2 The Cuban Conjuncture

The Trials: Violence and Justice in the Aftermath of the Cuban Revolution Michelle Chase 163

Beyond Paradox: Counterrevolution and the Origins of Political Culture in the Cuban Revolution, 1959-2009 Lillian Guerra 199

Part 3 The Weight of the Night

The Furies of the Andes: Violence and Terror in the Chilean Revolution and Counterrevolution Peter Winn 239

A Headlong Rush into the Future: Violence and Revolution in a Guatemalan Indigenous Village Carlota Mcallister 276

"People's War," "Dirty War": Cold War Legacy and the End of History in Postwar Peru Gerardo Rénique 309

The Cold War That Didn't End: Paramilitary Modernization in Medellín, Colombia Forrest Hylton 338

Reflections

You Say You Want a Counterrevolution: Well, You Know, We All Want to Change the World Corey Robin 371

Thoughts on Violence and Modernity in Latin America Neil Larsen 381

Conclusions

Latin America's Long Cold War: A Century of Revolutionary Process and U.S. Power Gilbert M. Joseph 397

History as Containment: An Interview with Arno J. Mayer Greg Grandin 415

Contributors 423

Index 427

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