The revolution in Nicaragua was unique in that a large percentage of the combatants were women. The Role of Female Combatants in the Nicaraguan Revolution and Counter Revolutionary War is a study of these women and those who fought in the Contra counter revolution on the Atlantic Coast.
This book is a qualitative study based on 85 interviews with female ex-combatants in the revolution and counter revolution from the 1960s to the end of the 1980s, as well as field observations in Nicaragua and the autonomous regions of the Atlantic Coast. It explores the reasons why women fought, the sacrifices they made, their treatment by male combatants, and their insights into the impact of the revolution and counter-revolution on today’s Nicaragua. The analytical approach draws from political psychology, social identity dynamics such as nationalism and indigenous identities, and the role of liberation theology in the willingness of the female revolutionaries to risk their lives.
Researchers and students of Gender Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Political History will find this an illuminating account of the Nicaraguan Revolution and counter revolution, which until now has been rarely shared.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Women as Combatants in Revolution
Chapter 2: Historical Overview of the Nicaraguan Revolution and the FSLN Women
Chapter 3: Women in the FSLN
Chapter 4: The Contra War
Chapter 5: Women in the Contra Revolutionary War
Chapter 6: Conclusion
Martín Meráz García is Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies at Eastern Washington University, USA. His areas of specialization include international relations, political psychology, and criminal justice; he currently teaches in the area of Chicanx Studies. Current publications include Ordinary Individuals Who Become Narcotraffickers: A Theoretical and Interdisciplinary Approach to Drug Traffickers (2011) and the article ‘"Nacroballads":The Psychology and Recruitment Process of the "Narco"’ (2006).
Martha L. Cottam is Professor of Political Science in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University, USA. She specializes in political psychology and international politics. Her publications include Confronting al Qaeda: The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy in al Anbar (2016), Nationalism and Politics: The Political Behavior of Nation States (2000), and Images and Interventions: U.S. Policies in Latin America (1994).
Bruno M. Baltodano is Professor of Political Science at Florida SouthWestern State College, USA. His primary research interests are insurgencies and political violence. He has been a contributing writer on books on the Sunni Awakening in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and civil police in Nicaragua and journal articles on the Sandinista Revolution.