The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-07-30
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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After decades of bloodshed and political terror, many lament the rise of the left in Latin America. Since the triumph of Castro, politicians and historians have accused the left there of rejecting democracy, embracing communist totalitarianism, and prompting both revolutionary violence and a right-wing backlash. Through unprecedented archival research and gripping personal testimonies, Greg Grandin powerfully challenges these views in this classic work. In doing so, he uncovers the hidden history of the Latin American Cold War: of hidebound reactionaries holding on to their power and privilege; of Mayan Marxists blending indigenous notions of justice with universal ideas of equality; and of a United States supporting new styles of state terror throughout the region. With Guatemala as his case study, Grandin argues that the Latin American Cold War was a struggle not between political liberalism and Soviet communism but two visions of democracyone vibrant and egalitarian, the other tepid and unequaland that the conflict's main effect was to eliminate homegrown notions of social democracy. Updated with a new preface by the author and an interview with Naomi Klein, The Last Colonial Massacreis history of the highest ordera work that will dramatically recast our understanding of Latin American politics and the role of the United States in the Cold War and beyond. "This work admirably explains the process in which hopes of democracy were brutally repressed in Guatemala and its people experienced a civil war lasting for half a century." International History Review "A richly detailed, humane, and passionately subversive portrait of inspiring reformers tragically redefined by the Cold War as enemies of the state." Journal of American History

Author Biography

Greg Grandin is professor of history at New York University. He is the author of Fordlandia: The Rise and Fail of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City and Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism, among other books.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Preface to the Updated Edition: A New Enlightenmentp. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xix
A Note on Interviews and Archivesp. xxv
Introduction: The Last Colonial Massacrep. 1
A Seditious Lifep. 19
An Uncorrupted Lifep. 47
Unfinished Livesp. 73
Clandestine Livesp. 105
An Unsettled Lifep. 133
Conclusion: Children of Abel: The Cold War as Revolution and Counterrevolutionp. 169
Acknowledgmentsp. 199
Appendix: List of the Dead from Operatión Limpieza and the Panzós Massacrep. 201
Glossaryp. 203
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 283
Afterword: An Interviewp. 303
Indexp. 311
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