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The Cold War and the Right in Latin America

LECTURE

Questions:

  • 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:

Primary Source: National Security Archive: Memorandum on Torture and Disappearance in Argentina

OR: Primary Source: National Security Archive: Guatemala and Antiterrorismo (Document 8) 

Core Reading

Greg Grandin, "Living in Revolutionary Time" in Greg Grandin and Gilbert Joseph, A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War. Durham/London Duke University Press, 2010 pp.1-42

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.

 

Additional Reading

John Dinges, The Condor Years: How Pinochet and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents. New York: Signature Books, 2005.

Grandin, Greg. The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War, University of Chicago Press, 2011. (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. Duke, 2010.

Greg Grandin, Empire’s Workshop. Owl Books, 2007.

Peter Kornbluh. The Pinochet Files: A Declassified Dossier. The New Press, 2013.

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

Menchu, Rigoberta. I, Rigoberta Menchu : An Indian Woman in Guatemala, edited by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, Verso, 2010.

McSherry, J. Patrice. Predatory States : Operation Condor and Covert War in Latin America Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.

Peter Dale Scott. Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America. University of California Press, 1991.

Eric Zolov, “Miracle on Ice: Industrial Workers and the Promise of Americanisation in Cold War Mexico,” in Gilbert Joseph and Daniele Spenser (eds.), In from the Cold: Latin America's New Encounter with the Cold War Duke, 2008.