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Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

Edited by Nicola Foote and Rene D. Harder Horst

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038438 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034874.001.0001
Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin
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Military engagements in Latin America between 1850 and 1950 helped shape emerging nation states and collective consciousness in profound and formative ways. This century, known as the liberal period, was an important time for state formation in the region, as well as for the development of current national borders. This collection aims to assess the role black and indigenous Latin Americans played in the military struggles of this period, and how these efforts contributed to the formation of ideas about race and national identity. While some indigenous people and Afro-Latin Americans came into closer contact with the descendents of colonizers as a result of military service, others turned inward with strengthened ties to their local communities. Many were at times victims of violent conflicts in Latin America, but they surprisingly also shaped the outcome of these wars and employed the wars to advance their own political agendas. The book offers new interpretations and explanations of this key period in Latin American history.

Keywords: military engagements; Latin America; nation states; liberal period; state formation; national borders; indigenous; military struggles; national identity; race; Afro-Latin Americans; conflicts; political agendas; wars; Latin American history

Book.  368 pages.  Illustrated.

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Introduction: Decentering War in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

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Subaltern Strategies of Citizenship and Soldiering in Colombia's Civil Wars in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

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Soldiers and Statesmen in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

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Afro-Cubans in Cuba's War for Independence, 1895–1898 in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

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<i>Monteneros</i> and <i>Macheteros</i> in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

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Race and Ethnicity in the Guatemalan Army, 1914 in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

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Mayan Soldier-Citizens in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

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Indigenous Peoples of Brazil and the War of the Triple Alliance, 1864–1870 in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

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Illustrating Race and Nation in the Paraguayan War Era in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

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