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Caribbean Revolutions

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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.

Reviews

'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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