Allende’s Chile and the Inter-American Cold War
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
Contents/Maps and Illustrations
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I am indebted to many people for their support and guidance during the many years that I have been researching and writing this book. First, I owe an enormous debt to Arne Westadâmy graduate teacher, doctoral supervisor, mentor, and friend. His inspiration, warm encouragement, energy, and enthusiasm for history and learning have been invaluable to...
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On 5 November 1970, thousands of people crammed into Chileâs national stadium to mark the beginning of Salvador Allendeâs presidency and what was being heralded as the birth of a new revolutionary road to socialism. For some, Allendeâs inauguration two days earlier had been a cause for...
1 Ideals: Castro, Allende, Nixon, and the Inter-American Cold War
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âIt is hard to imagine,â a Chilean Socialist Party militant mused as he looked back on the late 1960s more than forty years later. Back then, when you walked into any bookshop, there were lots of Marxist publications, and news of Latin American guerrilla struggles reached Chile all the time....
2 Upheaval: An Election in Chile, SeptemberâNovember 1970
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Fidel Castro was in the offices of Cubaâs official newspaper, Granma, when he heard that Salvador Allende had narrowly won Chileâs presidential election late at night on 4 September 1970. âThe miracle has happened!â he exclaimed, when Luis FernÃ¡ndez OÃ±a walked through the door. OÃ±a then...
3 Rebellion: In Pursuit of Radical Transformation, November 1970âJuly 1971
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Salvador Allende embraced the idea that his election represented a turning point for inter-American affairs. On the night of his election victory, he had spoken elatedly to thousands of supporters in downtown Santiago and declared that countries around the world were looking at Chile.1 And they were, but not necessarily with the admiration that Allende implied....
4 Disputes: Copper, CompaÃ±eros, and Counterrevolution, JulyâDecember 1971
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On 17 November 1971 Fidel Castro visited the southern Chilean city of ConcepciÃ³n and told crowds that a brilliant revolutionary future lay ahead. âThe road that revolutionaries propose for humanity is rose colored!â he proclaimed. Yet, he also urged his audience to be realistic about the...
5 Battle Lines: DÃ©tente Unmasked, JanuaryâOctober 1972
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A year after Allendeâs presidency began, he spoke enthusiastically about signs that the world was undergoing some sort of profound transformation. âThe American empire is showing signs of crisis,â he proclaimed. âThe dollar has become nonconvertible. Apparently, the definitive victory...
6 Crossroads: Incomprehension and Dead Ends, November 1972âJuly 1973
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In late November 1972 Salvador Allende set off on an international tour that took him from Mexico City to Havana via New York, Algiers, and Moscow. In many respects, the trip was a gambleâa somewhat uncoordinated effort both to improve Chileâs position before its representatives sat...
7 Cataclysm: The Chilean Coup and Its Fallout
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In mid-August 1973 a retired Chilean admiral, Roberto Kelly, arrived in Brasilia on a highly secret and special mission. His goal was to inform the Brazilians that a group of Chilean plotters was poised to overthrow Allendeâs government and then to sound them out about the international...
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A concerned scholar once asked me whether my researching the details of Cubaâs role in Chile meant that I thought the United States was justified in destabilizing Chilean democracy. Having spent decades uncovering the many wrongs of U.S. interventionism in the Third World, he wanted to...
A Note on Sources
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As one scholar warned not long ago in Diplomatic History, âmono-national research tends to produce mono-national explanations and to ignore the role of players from countries other than those whose words are examined.â2 This book is an explicit effort to avoid such a pitfall. Although uncovering other,,,
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Page Count: 400
Illustrations: 2 line drawings, 1 map
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: NCWH