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Latin America In The 1940s: War And Postwar Transitions

by David Rock

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Latin America in the 1940s addresses the significant impact that World War II and the onset of the Cold War had on the political development of Latin America. During the middle of this crucial decade many Latin American countries turned from authoritarian regimes toward democracy and the rapid growth of labor unions. By the end of the decade, however, the fledgling democracies had collapsed, the unions were in shambles, and authoritarianism asserted itself once more. This collection of essays by an international group of historians, political scientists, economists, and sociologists confronts a central debate in Latin American studies: Were these events the immediate result of external forces--that is, of the war--or the culmination of internal movements that originated in the 1930s?
This book is among the first in its field to evaluate the early Cold War period through the lens of the immediate post-Cold War era. While powerfully reinterpreting the brief resurgence of democracy in Latin America in the 1940s, it offers a comparative foundation from which to judge the renewed trend toward democracy that began in the 1980s and continues during the early 1990s.

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David Rock is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of Argentina, 1516-1987: From Spanish Colonization to Alfonsín (California, 1987) and Authoritarian Argentina: The Nationalist Movement, Its History and Its Impact (California, 1992).



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