Uruguay, 1968: Student Activism from Global Counterculture to Molotov Cocktails

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Univ of California Press, Nov 15, 2016 - History - 230 pages
The tumultuous 1960s saw a generation of Latin American youth enter into political life in unprecedented numbers. Though some have argued that these young-radical movements were inspired by the culture and politics of social movements burgeoning in Europe and the United States, youth activism developed its own distinct form in Latin America. In this book, Vania Markarian explores how the Uruguayan student movement of 1968 shaped leftist politics in the country for decades to come. She considers how students invented their own new culture of radicalism to achieve revolutionary change in Uruguay and in Latin America as a whole. By exploring the intersection of activism, political violence, and youth culture, Uruguay, 1968 offers new insights about such subjects as the “New Left” and “Revolutionary Left” that are central to our historical understanding of the 1960s across the globe.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
MOBILIZATIONS
29
The Unions and the Movement
62
The Lefts and the Students
74
Paths and Paradoxes of Revolutionary Action
89
CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS
102
Youth Cultures
117
More Nuances
137
AND THE EMERGENCE
151
Notes
163
Bibliography
209
Index
225
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Vania Markarian is Associate Professor at Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay, and is the author of Left in Transformation: Uruguayan Exiles and the Latin American Human Rights Networks, 1967-1984.

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