The Militarization of Culture in the Dominican Republic, from the Captains General to General Trujillo

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U of Nebraska Press, 2004 - History - 263 pages
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The Militarization of Culture in the Dominican Republic, from the Captains General to General Trujillo traces the interaction of the military and the civilian population, showing the many ways in which the military ethos has permeated Dominican culture. Valentina Peguero categorizes the Dominican military before 1930 as protectionists, facilitators, or self-servers, a framework that sheds new light on Dominican civil-military relations.

Peguero synchronizes the history of the Dominican military and that of Dominican society from her dual perspectives as a native of the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo era and as a historian who is well acquainted with the country?s history and literature. She shows how the brutal Trujillo dictatorship created La Nueva Patria (The New Fatherland) to promote a new order and present the military as a model for society, imposing military principles on the civil society and mixing military culture with popular culture to reshape the nation. Structured around interviews with former military personnel, scholars, and politicians, this study brings to life documentary information and presents a poignant narrative that describes the unintended consequences that resulted when Trujillo valued arming the nation above meeting the needs of the populace.

  

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Contents

introduction
the origins and development of the dominican military and its culture 18441916
3
the military aspect of the us occupation of the dominican republic
19
from soldier to commander in chief
36
the road to the presidency for the armys commander
52
changing the military altering society
67
the new fatherland
101
paradoxical rewards
119
citizens and soldiers
155
epilogue
179
appendix
189
a chronology
193
notes
209
sources consulted
index
Copyright

a new dimension of civilmilitary relations
136

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Valentina Peguero is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin?Stevens Point. She is the author of two books in Spanish, including Visi¢n General de la Historia Dominicana (with Danilo de los Santos).

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