The Battle for Guatemala: Rebels, Death Squads, and U. S. Power

The Battle for Guatemala: Rebels, Death Squads, and U. S. Power

by Susanne Jonas
     
 

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A contemporary history of Guatemala’s thirty-year civil war—the longest and bloodiest in the hemisphere—this book pulls aside the veil of secrecy that has obscured the origins of the war. Using a structural analysis that takes critical events and changes in the nation’s economic and social structure as a starting point for understanding its

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A contemporary history of Guatemala’s thirty-year civil war—the longest and bloodiest in the hemisphere—this book pulls aside the veil of secrecy that has obscured the origins of the war. Using a structural analysis that takes critical events and changes in the nation’s economic and social structure as a starting point for understanding its political crises, the author unravels the contradictions of Guatemalan politics and illustrates why, in the face of unmatched military brutality and repeated U.S. interventions, popular and revolutionary movements have arisen time and again. The central protagonists in the turbulent battle for Guatemala—rebels, death squads, and the United States—are evaluated in a dynamic framework that highlights the role of indigenous peoples and women and underscores the articulation of ethnic and gender divisions with class divisions. This book’s interdisciplinary approach differentiates it from others in English and makes it an invaluable case study on the internal dynamics of Third World revolution and counterrevolution as well as on issues of human rights and U.S. policy in Central America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813374628
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
09/10/1991
Series:
Latin American Perspectives Series, #5
Pages:
288

Meet the Author

Susanne Jonas teaches Latin American & Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An expert on Central America and Guatemala for over 32 years, she is the author of The Battle for Guatemala: Rebels, Death Squads, and U.S. Power (Westview 1991). She recently coedited Immigration: Civil Rights Issue for the Americas.

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