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Dictatorship in South America

April 2013, ©2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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Dictatorship in South America explores the experiences of Brazilian, Argentine and Chilean experience under military rule.
  • Presents a single-volume thematic study that explores experiences with dictatorship as well as their social and historical contexts in Latin America
  • Examines at the ideological and economic crossroads that brought Argentina, Brazil and Chile under the thrall of military dictatorship
  • Draws on recent historiographical currents from Latin America to read these regimes as radically ideological and inherently unstable
  • Makes a close reading of the economic trajectory from dependency to development and democratization and neoliberal reform in language that is accessible to general readers
  • Offers a lively and readable narrative that brings popular perspectives to bear on national histories

Selected as a 2014 Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Series Editor’s Preface xi

Preface and Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction 1

1 Dependency, Development, and Liberation: Latin America in the Cold War 9

2 Brazil: What Road to Development? 20

3 Argentina: Between Peronism and Military Rule 55

4 Chile: From Pluralistic Socialism to Authoritarian Free Market 82

5 Argentina: The Terrorist State 112

6 Brazil: The Long Road Back 137

7 Chile: A “Protected Democracy”? 156

Conclusion 179

Sources 185

Index 201

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Author Information

Jerry Dávila is Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazilian History at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Diploma of Whiteness: Race and Social Policy in Brazil, 1917–1945 (2003) and Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization, 1950 – 1980 (2010), both of which have been translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil. Dávila has taught in both the United States and Latin America, where he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of São Paulo.
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"In this thoughtful, well-organized, and readable textbook, [the author] illuminates this period of South American history by comparing three of the most flagrant cases of military rule: Brazil (1964-1988), Chile (1973-1990), and Argentina (1976-1983). ...Dávila seeks to capture the urgency of this extraordinary period for contemporary readers and to help them to understand that if 'the stakes were enormous, so were the costs.'

Since the book forms a part of Wiley-Blackwell's Viewpoints/Puntos de Vista series, which seeks to introduce students to a significant theme or topic in Latin American history, the author has designed the narrative in ways to enlighten and engage an undergraduate audience.

An extremely helpful and thorough bibliography enhances the value of the text as a reference source not just for undergraduates but for scholars at all levels.

In short, at a time when many professors are abandoning textbooks to rely on scattered internet materials, those who deal with twentieth century Latin America will find that this one compact volume will bring to the fore enough challenging questions and useful information to engage their students throughout a semester." - The Latin Americanist

“This concise history of Brazil, Argentina, and Chile from the mid-20th century until its end is excellent... Invaluable for undergraduate collections. Summing up: Essential. All levels/libraries.”  (Choice, 1 October 2013)

“This ambitious book will change how we understand dictatorships and redemocratization.  Dávila brings to light generally ignored aspects of life under military rule and argues forcefully that dictatorship is not a 'natural' aspect of Latin American society.” - Jeffrey Lesser, Emory University

"A thoughtful, deeply informed introduction to one of the darkest chapters of Latin American history. Highly recommended both for the breadth of its analysis and for its admirable concision." - George Reid Andrews, University of Pittsburgh

“Dávila’s brisk and provocative survey of South American military dictatorships bristles with insights and strikes an elegant balance between synthetic analysis and attention to national specificity. Dávila’s engaging chapters, rich in illuminating detail, situate these dictatorships historically and reveal key continuities in each country.” – Thomas D. Rogers, Emory University

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