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Caribbean Revolutions
Cold War Armed Movements

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  • Date Published: June 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108440905

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  • This book provides both a historical introduction and a comparative analysis of the five most important guerrilla movements in the Caribbean Basin between 1959 and the 1990s, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Puerto Rico. The authors argue that the Cold War shaped and fueled the structure, tactics, and ideologies of the diverse movements taking place for the revolutionary cause, and address the particular impact that the Cuban Revolution had on the region. The first chapter of Caribbean Revolutions provides an introduction to the Cuban Revolution, the Cold War, and Marxist thought. Succeeding chapters analyze each case study individually and also provide discussions on the current political situation for all of the organizations covered in the book that remain active. With lists of suggested reading and extra resources in each chapter, this is written as an accessible course book for students of Latin American history and politics.

    • Provides a comprehensive history of the five most important armed guerrilla movements in the Caribbean during the Cold War
    • Analyzes Cold War movements in terms of three variables, which allows for comparison across cases
    • Discusses the transitions to electoral politics made by the armed movements, and brings every case study up-to-date with a brief discussion of impact of the guerrilla insurgencies on politics today in these countries
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This volume is an important, engaging, accessible introduction to the study of guerrilla movements in the Caribbean region in the Cold War era. With the innovative incorporation of case studies in Puerto Rico and Colombia, the authors meaningfully expand our understanding of the conflicts as being rooted not just in the Cold War’s ideological divide, but also in longer and more deeply rooted processes related to imperialism, economic inequality, and social injustice. Very useful for classroom purposes!' Karen Racine, University of Guelph, Canada

    'Caribbean Revolutions makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the Cold War origins and evolution of armed revolutionary movements in Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. Besides providing a rich and detailed history of these movements, the authors also chart the ways in which they continue to shape the political landscapes in their respective nations.' Philip J. Williams, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida

    'The authors have crafted a fine book on many regional revolutionaries, thus meriting serious attention from scholars. They rigorously consider these ‘national liberation Marxists’ via the revolutionaries’ structures and alliances, mobilization patterns, and ideologies as they changed over the decades, in some cases morphing into political parties, in one case seizing national power (Nicaragua). Yet the book is also richly appropriate for our student audiences, with clear prose, crisp organization and periodization, and a host of valuable extras such as website and film recommendations.' Timothy Wickham-Crowle, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108440905
    • length: 174 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.26kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Cuban revolutionaries and the Caribbean Basin: an introduction
    2. Armed revolutionary struggle in Guatemala
    3. Armed revolutionary struggle in El Salvador
    4. The armed movement that took power: the Sandinista National Liberation Front in Nicaragua
    5. Armed revolutionary struggle in Colombia
    6. Armed organizations within the Puerto Rican revolutionary nationalist movement
    7. Armed revolutionary movements in comparative perspective.

  • Authors

    Rachel A. May, University of South Florida
    Rachel A. May is Director of the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC) at the University of South Florida. She is the author of Terror in the Countryside: Campesino Responses to Political Violence in Guatemala, 1954–1985 (2001). She is the co-editor and a contributor to (Un)Civil Societies: Human Rights and Democratic Transitions in Eastern Europe and Latin America (2007), and La Florida: Five Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence (2014).

    Alejandro Schneider, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Alejandro Schneider is Professor of History at both the University of Buenos Aires and the National University of La Plata (Argentina). He is a labor historian who has worked on the history of armed and social movements in Latin America, and he is the author or editor of fourteen books on Argentine and Latin American history.

    Roberto González Arana, Universidad del Norte, Colombia
    Roberto González Arana is Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Latin America and the Caribbean Studies at the University of the North (Uninorte) in Barranquilla, Colombia. His many publications include Dictaduras en el Caribe (2018) and Sociedades en conflicto: movimientos sociales en América Latina (2016).

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