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Guerrillas and Generals: The "Dirty War" in Argentina

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In this comprehensive, balanced examination of Argentina's Dirty War, Lewis analyzes the causes, describes the ideologies that motivated both sides, and explores the consequences of all-or-nothing politics. The military and guerrillas may seem marginal today, but Lewis questions whether the Dirty War is really over.

Lewis traces the Dirty War's origins back to military interventions in the 1930s and 1940s, and the rise of General Juan Peron's populist regime, which resulted in the polarization of Argentine society. Peron's overthrow by the military in 1955 only heightened social conflict by producing a resistance movement out of which several guerrilla organizations would soon emerge. The ideologies, terrorist tactics, and internal dynamics of those underground groups are examined in detail, as well as their links to other movements in Argentina and abroad. The guerrillas reached the height of their influence when the military withdrew from power in 1973 and turned over the government to Peron's puppet president, Hector Campora. They quickly found themselves in opposition again after Peron returned from exile, and as Peronism dissolved into factions after Peron's death, the military prepared to take power again, inspired by a new National Security Doctrine. The origins of this ideology in U.S. Cold War doctrine and in French revolutionary war doctrine are fully explored because the Argentine military's Dirty War strategy and tactics grew directly out of these ideas. The arrests, the treatment of prisoners, and the mindset of the interrogators are treated in detail. Special attention is given to the anti-guerrilla war in Tucuman's jungles, the strange history of David Graiver (the guerrillas' banker) and the Timerman case. In the concluding section of the book, Lewis describes the intrigues that undermined the military regime, its retreat from power, and the human rights trials that were held under the new democratic government. Those trials eventually were stopped by military revolts. Presidential pardons followed and have left Argentina divided once more. This is an important survey for scholars and students of Latin American politics, contemporary history, and civil-military relations.

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A comprehensive and balanced examination of the Dirty War in Argentina.

Synopsis:

Lewis provides a comprehensive, impartial examination of Argentina's "Dirty War." He analyzes the causes, describes the ideologies that motivated both sides, and explores the consequences of all-or-nothing politics. Although the military and guerrillas seem marginal today, Lewis questions whether the Dirty War is really over.

About the Author

PAUL H. LEWIS is Professor of Political Science at Tulane University. An authority on Latin American political history, Professor Lewis has published six earlier books, including Paraguay Under Stroessner, The Crisis of Argentine Capitalism, and Political Parties and Generations in Paraguay's Liberal Era.

Table of Contents

The "Oligarchy" and "the People"

The Seedbed of Terrorism

The Guerrilla Emerges

The Guerrillas' World

The Military Surrenders

The Peronist Restoration

Toward the "Dirty War"

The Coup

The Ideology of Repression

The Inferno

Power Struggles

The Regime Crumbles

Retribution

The Endless Denouement

Residues of the Dirty WAr

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780275973605
Author:
Lewis, Paul H.
Publisher:
Praeger Publishers
Author:
Lewis, Paul
Location:
Westport, Conn.
Subject:
Argentina
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
Guerrillas
Subject:
Civil-military relations
Subject:
Political violence
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
World History-South America
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
00-07
Publication Date:
20011131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
280

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"Synopsis" by , A comprehensive and balanced examination of the Dirty War in Argentina.
"Synopsis" by , Lewis provides a comprehensive, impartial examination of Argentina's "Dirty War." He analyzes the causes, describes the ideologies that motivated both sides, and explores the consequences of all-or-nothing politics. Although the military and guerrillas seem marginal today, Lewis questions whether the Dirty War is really over.
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