Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution

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Verso, 2005 - Political Science - 315 pages

The only first-hand report on contemporary Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, by veteran correspondent Richard Gott, places the country's controversial and charismatic president in historical perspective, and examines his plans and programs. This new edition has a chapter on the attempted and failed military coup, Venezuela's recent recall election, and discusses US covert intervention against this democratically elected public official.

The spectre of Simon Bolivar hovers once again over Latin America as the aims and ambitions of the Liberator are taken up by Comandante Hugo Chavez. Welcomed by the inhabitants of the teeming shantytowns of Caracas as their potential savior, and greeted by Washington with considerable alarm, this former golpista-turned-democrat has already begun the most wide-ranging transformation of oil-rich Venezuela for half a century, and dramatically affected the political debate throughout Latin America.

 

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Contents

Map of Venezuela xxi
1
PORTRAIT OF A PRESIDENT
9
A baseball game in Havana November 1999
11
The disintegration of the antien regime
19
Provincial origins in Barinas
25
the irresistible flight from the
28
PREPARING FOR A BOLIVARIAN REBELLION
33
The development of a military conspiracy
35
Chavezs election victory December 1998
134
CHAVEZ IN POWER THE EARLY YEARS
141
The Constitutional Assembly and the new constitution
143
When the heavens opened
150
Planning for an endogenous agricultural future
157
The new politics of oil
166
Divisions over the economic programme
173
Reforming the judiciary
180

experiments in civilmilitary cooperation
41
rebellion in Caracas the Caracazo
43
the neoliberal package that destroyed
49
The debate between military and civilian revolutionaries
57
The military intervention of Chavez February 1992
63
The failed coup detat of Admiral Griiber November 1992
71
The Patriotic Front of civilian revolutionaries
76
Latin Americas experience of radical military rebellion
81
RECOVERING THE REVOLUTIONARY TRADITIONS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
89
The legacy of Simon Bolivar the Liberator
91
Robinson Crusoe and the philosophy of Simon Rodriguez
102
Ezequiel Zamora invokes horror a la oligarquia
110
ORGANISING THE OVERTHROW OF THE ANCIEN REGIME BY PEACEFUL MEANS 19921998
117
Yare prison and the search for political allies
119
Politics in Guayana and the rise of La Causa R
125
Developing aBolivarianforeign policy
183
the violent neighbour
192
New rights for indigenous peoples
199
The changing character of the opposition
206
The old trade unions oppose the revolution October 2001
210
THE THREE OPPOSITION ATTEMPTS TO OVERTHROW THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION
215
The revolutionary decrees of November 2001 the
217
the coup and countercoup of
223
The atmosphere after the April coup
238
April 2002
251
the
256
THE MILITARY AND CIVIL SOCIETY
269
Bibliography
293
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Richard Gott is a former Latin America correspondent and features editor for the Guardian. A specialist in Latin American affairs, his books include Cuba: A New History, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, The Appeasers (with Martin Gilbert), Land Without Evil, Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution, and Britain's Empire. He is currently an honorary research fellow at the institute for the study of the Americas at the University of London.

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