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Problems and Alternatives in the Modern Americas

Edited By

Pablo A. Baisotti

ISBN 9780367492588
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
424 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume explores several notable themes related to political processes in Latin America and offers insightful historical perspectives to understand national, regional, and global issues in the continent from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. The collected essays focus on Latin American politics such as: political cycles, left-wing political parties, nationalism, progressivism, crime and resistance, violence, authoritarianism, and relationships with the United States, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, and Paraguay. The perspectives of the chapters presented an attempt to seek lines of continuity by highlighting traditional interpretations of new scenarios and refusing to impose a traditional and uncritical linear historical narrative. The fundamental objective of the volume is to provide a rational and critical political-historical explanation of Latin America since the early 20th century with the purpose, among others, of deepening understanding of the present.

Table of Contents


Pablo A. Baisotti

1. Political Cycles During the Last Four Decades in Latin America

Manuel Alcántara Sáez

2. The Transnational Activity of Left-Wing Political Parties in the Processes of Democratization of the Third Wave in Latin America

Fernando Pedrosa

3. Evolution of Nationalism in Latin America in the Context of Globalization

James F. Siekmeier

4. The United States, Democracy, and Authoritarianism in Latin America

Pierfrancesco Moscuzza and Luis Schenoni

5. Latin American Progressivism Between the Structural Crisis and the Pandemic

Fabio Luis Barbosa dos Santos and Daniel Feldmann

6. Bandits, Urban Guerrillas, and Criminal Insurgents: Crime and Resistance in Latin America

John P. Sullivan and Nathan P. Jones

7. History of the Present Time and Latin America: An Overview of Declassified Historical Documents

Frédérique Langue

8. Operation Condor Today: Novel Insights from Recent Archival Disclosures and Judicial Processes

Francesca Lessa and Melisa Slatman

9. Repression and Resistance in South America: South American Democracy in the 1990s

Pablo Pozzi

10. The Foreign Policy Assertiveness of the Latin American Petro-State: Venezuela’s Enduring Patterns

Víctor M. Mijares

11. Political Conflicts and Left-Wing Shift in Chile: Historical Development of the Partisan Competition Space

Marcelo Mella-Polanco and Aníbal Pérez Contreras

12. Authoritarian Caudillismo and Social Movements in Ecuador (2007–2017)

Enrique Ayala Mora

13. The Political History of Brazil and Venezuela: A Struggle Between Democracy and Authoritarianism

Ivan Filipe Fernandes and Guilherme Antonio A. Lopes Fernandes

14. The Legitimacy of Violence in Colombia's Recent History and the End of the Armed Struggle, 1950–2016

Jorge Orlando Melo

15. Dictatorship, Transition and Democracy in Paraguay (1954–2019)

Magdalena López

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Pablo A. Baisotti is currently a research assistant at the Department of Latin American Studies (ELA) at the University of Brasilia.