Blood and Debt: War and the Nation-State in Latin America

Blood and Debt: War and the Nation-State in Latin America

by Miguel Angel Centeno
     
 

What role does war play in political development? Our understanding of the rise of the nation-state is based heavily on the Western European experience of war. Challenging the dominance of this model, Blood and Debt looks at Latin America's much different experience as more relevant to politics today in regions as varied as the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa

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What role does war play in political development? Our understanding of the rise of the nation-state is based heavily on the Western European experience of war. Challenging the dominance of this model, Blood and Debt looks at Latin America's much different experience as more relevant to politics today in regions as varied as the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa.

The book's illuminating review of the relatively peaceful history of Latin America from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries reveals the lack of two critical prerequisites needed for war: a political and military culture oriented toward international violence, and the state institutional capacity to carry it out. Using innovative new data such as tax receipts, naming of streets and public monuments, and conscription records, the author carefully examines how war affected the fiscal development of the state, the creation of national identity, and claims to citizenship. Rather than building nation-states and fostering democratic citizenship, he shows, war in Latin America destroyed institutions, confirmed internal divisions, and killed many without purpose or glory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271021652
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
1The Latin American Puzzle1
2Making War33
3Making the State101
4Making the Nation167
5Making Citizens217
6Wars and Nation-States in Latin America261
Bibliography281
Index315

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