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A History of the Bolivian Labour Movement 1848–1971

A History of the Bolivian Labour Movement 1848–1971

Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521100212

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  • This book is an abridgement and translation of Guillermo Lora's five-volume history. It deals with the strengthening and radicalisation of Bolivia's organised labour movement, which culminated in the drastic revolutionary changes of the 1950s. The first half offers a reinterpretation of Bolivian history in the century preceding the revolution, viewed from the perspective of the working class. The second half discusses in more detail the major political events and doctrinal issues of a period in which the author, as secretary of the Trotskyist Partido Obrero Revolucionario, himself frequently played an active part. Despite the radical upheaval that occurred in the fifties and the mobilisation of broad sectors of the population around such radical objectives as direct property seizures, union-nominated ministers and union, military and worker control, the labour movement was unable to maintain its conquests in the 1960s. The concluding chapters describe the period of renewed military repression and the continuing efforts of the labour movement to resist.

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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521100212
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's Introduction
    Book 1. Protection versus free trade
    Book 2. Mineowners, artisans and utopian socialists
    Book 3. Workers and the Liberal Party 1900–20
    Book 4. The nineteen-twenties
    Book 5. From the Chaco defeat to the Catavi massacre 1932–42
    Book 6. The workers become revolutionary
    Book 7. The rise and fall of the Central Obrera Boliviana
    Book 8. The military versus the unions
    Notes
    Editor's suggested reading
    Index.

  • Author

    Guillermo Lora

    Editor

    Laurence Whitehead

    Translator

    Christine Whitehead

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