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Che's Travels: The Making of a Revolutionary in 1950s Latin America

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Ernesto “Che” Guevara twice traveled across Latin America in the early 1950s. Based on his accounts of those trips (published in English as The Motorcycle Diaries and Back on the Road), as well as other historical sources, Che’s Travels follows Guevara, country by country, from his native Argentina through Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela, and then from Argentina through Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico. Each essay is focused on a single country and written by an expert in its history. Taken together, the essays shed new light on Che’s formative years by analyzing the distinctive societies, histories, politics, and cultures he encountered on these two trips, the ways they affected him, and the ways he represented them in his travelogues. In addition to offering new insights into Guevara, the essays provide a fresh perspective on Latin America’s experience of the Cold War and the interplay of nationalism and anti-imperialism in the crucial but relatively understudied 1950s. Assessing Che’s legacies in the countries he visited during the two journeys, the contributors examine how he is remembered or memorialized; how he is invoked for political, cultural, and religious purposes; and how perceptions of him affect ideas about the revolutions and counterrevolutions fought in Latin America from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Contributors

Malcolm Deas

Paulo Drinot

Eduardo Elena

Judith Ewell

Cindy Forster

Patience A. Schell

Eric Zolov

Ann Zulawski

Synopsis:

Country-by-country study of political, social, and economic conditions in 1950s Latin America through the lens of Che Guevara’s travels.

About the Author

Paulo Drinot is Senior Lecturer in Latin American History at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He is the author of The Allure of Labor: Workers, Race, and the Making of the Peruvian State, also published by Duke University Press.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Paulo Drinot — Point of departure : travel and nationalism in Ernesto Guevara's Argentina / Eduardo Elena — Beauty and bounty in Che's Chile / Patience A. Schell — Awaiting the blood of a truly emancipating revolution : Che guevara in 1950s Peru / Paulo Drinot — "Putting up" with violence : Ernesto Guevara, Guevarismo, and Colombia / Malcolm Deas — Che Guevara and Venezuela : tourist, guerrilla mentor, and revolutionary spirit / Judith Ewell — The national revolution and Bolivia in the 1950s : what did Che see? / Ann Zulawski — "Not in all of America can there be found a country as democratic as this one" : Che and revolution in Guatemala / Cindy Forster — Between bohemianism and a revolutionary rebirth : Che Guevara in Mexico / Eric Zolov.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822391807
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Subject:
Latin America Description and travel.
Author:
Drinot, Paulo
Subject:
Latin America History 20th century.
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Latin America-Cuba
Subject:
World History-Latin America
Subject:
World History-South America
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Series Volume:
The Making of a Revo
Publication Date:
20100811
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
306

Related Subjects

Biography » Political
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Latin America
History and Social Science » World History » South America
Travel » Central America

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