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The A to Z of the Dirty Wars

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Publisher Comments:

The A to Z of the _Dirty Wars_ covers the most recent period of military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983), Chile (1973-1990), and Uruguay (1973-1985), when national-security regimes waged war against suspected subversives. The chief targets of these regimes were leftists, especially armed guerrillas and their supporters, though the term _subversive_ came to include anyone perceived to be a threat to the status quo. Unlike a conventional war fought against a physical enemy, a _dirty war_ (guerra sucia) is fought against an ideology. The difficulty of rooting out such an unconventional enemy was thought to justify unconventional tactics. As a result, thousands of citizens were abducted by security forces, illegally detained, and tortured. Although the term _dirty war_ is most closely associated with Argentina during the 1970s, it has since become a byword for state-sponsored terror in other parts of the world and in other historical contexts. The reason for focusing on the Southern Cone of South America is threefold. First, these countries are often discussed together in the literature on dictatorship and its aftermath. Second, they were among the most notorious offenders in a region noted for human rights abuses. Third, their continuing efforts to bring _dirty war_ participants to justice have renewed interest in the period, especially in the light of debate on how to prosecute human rights offenders in other parts of the world. Through a chronology for each country, an introduction, a lengthy bibliography, and cross-referenced dictionary entries, The A to Z of the _Dirty Wars_ describes the period, including the background and aftermath.

Book News Annotation:

Although the term "dirty war" is perhaps most closely associated with Chile in the 1970s, for the purposes of the authors (all affiliated with Saint Xavier U.) of this historical dictionary it refers to the actions of the national security dictatorships of Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay of the 1970s and 1980s that were taken to suppress political and ideological dissidence. The dictionary provides information on key individuals (including relevant US government officials), organizations, and events related to the dirty wars of the Southern Cone countries and their aftermath. It also includes a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology for each country, an introductory narrative essay, and a bibliography. This is a paperbound edition of a work first published in 2003. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

During the 1970s and 1980s, national-security regimes in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay declared war on suspected subversives, carrying out campaigns of mass human rights violations. The A to Z of the _Dirty Wars_ describes the period, including the background and aftermath.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810868120
Author:
Julian, Beatrice
Publisher:
Scarecrow Press
Author:
Vilella, Olga
Author:
Kohut, David R.
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Scarecrow Press
Series:
A to Z Guides
Series Volume:
29
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
219
Dimensions:
8.40x5.40x.90 in. .95 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Historical Reference
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » South America
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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