Indigenous Struggle and the Bolivian National Revolution: Land and Liberty! reinterprets the genesis and contours of the Bolivian National Revolution from an indigenous perspective.
In a critical revision of conventional works, the author reappraises and reconfigures the tortuous history of insurrection and revolution, counterrevolution and resurrection, and overthrow and aftermath in Bolivia. Underlying the history of creole conflict between dictatorship and democracy lies another conflict – the unrelenting 500-year struggle of the conquered indigenous peoples to reclaim usurped lands, resist white supremacist dominion, and seize autonomous political agency. The book utilizes a wide array of sources, including interviews and documents to illuminate the thoughts, beliefs, and objectives of an extraordinary cast of indigenous revolutionaries, giving readers a firsthand look at the struggles of the subaltern majority against creole elites and Anglo-American hegemons in South America’s most impoverished nation.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of modern Latin American history, peasant movements, the history of U.S. foreign relations, revolutions, counterrevolutions, and revolutionary warfare.
Table of Contents
1. War: The Generation of the Chaco 2. Revolution 3. Counterrevolution 4. The Sexenio 5. Revolution: Redux, 1952–1965 6. Agrarian Reform 7. Sindicato and Revolution 8. The "Revolution of Restoration"
James Kohl is an independent scholar based in Connecticut, USA. He has contributed articles to many journals: Hispanic American Historical Review, The Journal of Peasant Studies, Inter-American Economic Affairs, Latin American Research Review, American Historical Review, The Nation, and The Progressive. He is the co-editor of Urban Guerrilla Warfare in Latin America.