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Latin America's Radical Left
Rebellion and Cold War in the Global 1960s


Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316630716

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  • This book examines the emergence, development, and demise of a network of organizations of young leftist militants and intellectuals in South America. This new generation, formed primarily by people who in the late 1960s were still under the age of thirty, challenged traditional politics and embraced organized violence and transnational strategies as the only ways of achieving social change in their countries during the Cold War. This lasted for more than a decade, beginning in Uruguay as a result of the rise of authoritarianism in Brazil and Argentina, and expanding with Che Guevara's Bolivia campaign in 1966. These coordination efforts reached their highest point in Buenos Aires from 1973 to 1976, until the military coup d'état in Argentina eliminated the last refuge for these groups. Aldo Marchesi offers the first in-depth, regional and transnational study of the militant left in Latin America during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.

    • The first work to offer a transnational approach to understand the militant political culture that emerged from the constriction of political space, as well as socio-economic crises and increased social polarization during the 1960s in South America
    • Methodologically innovative in that it examines the political, cultural, and intellectual perspectives on the 1960s in Latin America beyond the nation states
    • Demonstrates how the left in Latin America identifies with the continent's history, playing a key role in politics today
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    'Marchesi's ambitious transnational history of radical politics in the Southern Cone blazes exciting paths for understanding Latin America's distinctive variants of the Cold War and the New Left. Based on new written and oral sources, it also fleshes out new dimensions of the Global Sixties and the consolidation of authoritarian regimes, while provoking us to reconsider the legacies of radical leftist politics. A surpassing achievement.' Gil Joseph, Yale University, Connecticut

    'This is an important book on an important subject that has been little studied and less well understood. This is required reading for scholars and students of the Cold War in Latin America and the contest between revolution and counter-revolution in the Southern Cone.' Peter Winn, Tufts University, Massachusetts, and author of Weavers of Revolution

    'Marchesi does a superb job of tracing the development of strategic thinking about armed revolution and social change as it responded to shifting international conditions. … this is an informative and well-researched book, making effective contributions to the history of the Left during Latin America's Cold War, and the political, intellectual, and cultural history of militant groups.' Patrick Iber, H-LatAm

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316630716
    • length: 277 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: actions, ideas, and emotions in the construction of a transnational radicalism in the Southern Cone
    1. Revolution without the Sierra Maestra: the Tupamaros and the development of a repertoire of dissent for urbanized countries. Montevideo, 1962–8
    2. The subjective bonds of revolutionary solidarity. From Havana to Ñancahuazú (Bolivia), 1967
    3. Dependence or armed struggle. Southern Cone intellectuals and militants questioning the legal path to socialism. Santiago de Chile 1970-3
    4. 'The decisive round in Latin America's revolution' – Bolivian, Chilean, and Uruguayan activists in Peronist Argentina. Buenos Aires, 1973–6
    5. Surviving democracy. The transition from armed struggle to human rights (1981–9)
    Conclusion: revolutionaries without revolution.

  • Author

    Aldo Marchesi, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
    Aldo Marchesi teaches history at the Universidad de la República, Uruguay. He is the Director of the Uruguayan Interdisciplinary Studies Center (CEIU), a specialized center on recent Uruguayan history.

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