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Dictatorship in South America

Jerry Dávila

ISBN: 978-1-118-29079-8 February 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages


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

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

“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)