Utopia unarmed: the Latin American left after the Cold War

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Knopf, 1993 - History - 498 pages
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Castro's Cuba is isolated; the guerrillas who once spread havoc through Uruguay and Argentina are dead, dispersed, or running for office as moderates. And in 1990, Nicaragua's Sandinistas were rejected at the polls by their own constituents. Are these symptoms of the fall of the Latin American left? Or are they merely temporary lulls in an ongoing revolution that may yet transform our hemisphere? This perceptive and richly eventful study by one of Mexico's most distinguished political scientists tells the story behind the failed movements of the past thirty years while suggesting that the left has a continuing relevance in a continent that suffers from destitution and social inequality. Combining insider's accounts of intrigue and armed struggle with a clear-sighted analysis of the mechanisms of day-to-day power, Utopia Unarmed is an indispensable work of scholarship, reportage, and political prognosis. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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UTOPIA UNARMED: The Latin American Left After the Cold War

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With the collapse of the Soviet Union irrevocably altering class struggles throughout the world, Casta§eda (Political Science/Autonomous Univ. of Mexico; coauthor of The Limits to Friendship, 1988 ... Read full review

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Political scientist Castaneda (Autonomous Univ. of Mexico) provides a sympathetic but academically balanced analysis of the Latin American Left over the past 30 years as well as an agenda for that ... Read full review


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Jorge G. Castaneda is the author of several books, including "Perpetuating Power, The Mexican Shock" (both published by The New Press), and "Utopia Unarmed". Having served as Mexico's foreign minister from 2000 to 2003, he is currently Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at New York University. He divides his time between Mexico City and New York City.