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The Cold War and the Right in Latin America

Lecture powerpoint


  • Why was the Cold War in Latin America so “hot”?
  • Proxy Wars, US Imperialism, or Civil Conflicts – Explain the confrontations of Cold War Latin America.

Required Reading

Additional Reading

  • John Dinges, The Condor Years: How Pinochet and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents
  • James Scorer, “From La Guerra Sucia to ‘A Gentleman's Fight’: War, Disappearance and Nation in the 1976-1983 Argentine Dictatorship,” Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Jan., 2008), pp. 43-60
  • Greg Grandin, The Last Colonial Massacre, Chapters 3-5 and Conclusion
  • Greg Grandin, “Living in Revolutionary Time” and Winn, McAllister, Renique and Hylton in Greg Grandin and Gilbert Joseph, A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War
  • Greg Grandin, Empire’s Workshop
  • Harmer, Tanya, Allende's Chile and the Interamerican Cold War. UNC Press, 2011 [e-book @ Library]
  • Peter Kornbluh, The Pinochet Files: A Declassified Dossier
  • J. Patrice McSherry, “Tracking the Origins of a State Terror Network: Operation Condor,” Latin American Perspectives, Vol. 29, No. 1, Brazil: The Hegemonic Process in Political and Cultural Formation (Jan., 2002), pp. 38-60
  • Rigoberta Menchu, I, Rigoberta Menchu
  • J. Patrice McSherry, Predatory States: Operation Condor and Covert War in Latin America
  • Peter Dale Scott, Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America
  • Eric Zolov, “Miracle on Ice: Industrial Workers and the Promise of Americanisation in Cold War Mexico,” in Gilbert Joseph and Daniele Spenser, In from the Cold: Latin America’s New Encounter with the Cold War (e-book available at Library)