Last Colonial Massacre Latin America in the Cold War

ISBN-10: 0226306909

ISBN-13: 9780226306902

Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)

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Description: After decades of bloodshed and political terror, many lament the rise of the left in Latin America. Since the triumph of Castro, politicians and historians have accused the left there of rejecting democracy, embracing communist totalitarianism, and prompting both revolutionary violence and a right-wing backlash. Through unprecedented archival research and gripping personal testimonies, Greg Grandin powerfully challenges these views in this classic work. In doing so, he uncovers the hidden history of the Latin American Cold War: of hidebound reactionaries holding on to their power and privilege; of Mayan Marxists blending indigenous notions of justice with universal ideas of equality; and of a United States supporting new styles of state terror throughout the region. With Guatemala as his case study, Grandin argues that the Latin American Cold War was a struggle not between political liberalism and Soviet communism but two visions of democracyone vibrant and egalitarian, the other tepid and unequaland that the conflict's main effect was to eliminate homegrown notions of social democracy. Updated with a new preface by the author and an interview with Naomi Klein, The Last Colonial Massacreis history of the highest ordera work that will dramatically recast our understanding of Latin American politics and the role of the United States in the Cold War and beyond. "This work admirably explains the process in which hopes of democracy were brutally repressed in Guatemala and its people experienced a civil war lasting for half a century." International History Review "A richly detailed, humane, and passionately subversive portrait of inspiring reformers tragically redefined by the Cold War as enemies of the state." Journal of American History

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List price: $22.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Greg Grandin is Professor of History at New York University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author ofFordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Fordrsquo;s Forgotten Jungle City, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History.Deborah Levenson is Associate Professor of History at Boston College and the author ofTrade Unionists against Terror: Guatemala City, 1954ndash;1985andAdioacute;s Nintilde;o: Political Violence and the Gangs of Guatemala City(forthcoming from Duke University Press).Elizabeth Oglesby is Associate Professor of Geography and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. She previously worked as the editor ofCentral America Reportand the associate editor forNACLA Report on the Americas.

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Updated Edition: A New Enlightenment
Preface to the First Edition
A Note on Interviews and Archives
Introduction: The Last Colonial Massacre
A Seditious Life
An Uncorrupted Life
Unfinished Lives
Clandestine Lives
An Unsettled Life
Conclusion: Children of Abel: The Cold War as Revolution and Counterrevolution
Acknowledgments
Appendix: List of the Dead from Operati�n Limpieza and the Panz�s Massacre
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Afterword: An Interview
Index
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