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Latin America between the Second World War and the Cold War
Crisis and Containment, 1944–1948

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Leslie Bethell, Ian Roxborough, Andrew Barnard, Mario Rapoport, Laurence Whitehead, Steve Ellner, Nigel Haworth, Harold Sims, Jeffrey Gould, Rodolfo Cerdas Cruz, James Dunkerley
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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511881596

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  • This volume aims to establish that the period between World War II and the beginning of the Cold War (1944-5 to 1947-8) represents an important conjuncture in the political and social history of Latin America in the twentieth century. The volume contains an Introduction and a Conclusion by the editors and case studies of eleven of the twenty Latin American republics. Despite differences of political regime and different levels of economic and social development there are striking similarities in the experiences of the majority of the Latin American republics in this period. For most of Latin America it can be divided into two phases. The first, coinciding with the Allied victory in the Second World War, was characterized by three distinct but interrelated phenomena: democratization; a shift to the Left, both Communist and non-Communist; and unprecedented labor militancy. In the second phase, coinciding with the onset of the Cold War and completed almost everywhere by 1948, labor was disciplined by the State and in many cases excluded from politics; communist parties suffered proscription and severe repression; reformist, "progressive" parties moved to the right; the democratic advance was for the most part contained, and in some cases reversed.

    • Brings together illuminating case studies of social movements and political change in eleven countries during this critical period of Latin American history
    • Editor Leslie Bethell is a leading expert in the field of Latin American history
    • Essential reading for students of Latin American modern history and politics
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    "...what seemed an auspicious moment for social democratic forces soon gave way in most countries to authoritarian repression, restrictions on the left, military coups and conservative consolidation. This illuminating volume analyzes why this occurred, concentrating on the interplay between domestic economic and social factors and the influence of U.S. policy." Foreign Affairs

    "...the eleven essays in this volume are remarkably even in their high quality....a valuable addition to the relatively sparse historical literature on the early Cold War years in Latin America." Daniel Masterson, The Americas

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511881596
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction: The Post-War Conjuncture in Latin America:
    1. Democracy, labor and the left Leslie Bethell, Ian Roxborough
    Part II. Country Studies:
    1. Brazil Leslie Bethell
    2. Chile Andrew Barnard
    3. Argentina Mario Rapoport
    4. Bolivia Laurence Whitehead
    5. Venezuela Steve Ellner
    6. Peru Nigel Haworth
    7. Mexico Ian Roxborough
    8. Cuba Harold Sims
    9. Nicaragua Jeffrey Gould
    10. Costa Rica Rodolfo Cerdas Cruz
    11. Guatemala James Dunkerley
    Conclusion: the post-war conjuncture in Latin America and its consequences
    Index.

  • Editors

    Leslie Bethell, St Antony's College, Oxford

    Ian Roxborough, State University of New York, Stony Brook

    Contributors

    Leslie Bethell, Ian Roxborough, Andrew Barnard, Mario Rapoport, Laurence Whitehead, Steve Ellner, Nigel Haworth, Harold Sims, Jeffrey Gould, Rodolfo Cerdas Cruz, James Dunkerley

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