Introduction: Decentering War

Nicola Foote and René D. Harder Horst

in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038438 | DOI:
Introduction: Decentering War

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This chapter provides the framework for the study of military struggle and nationbuilding in Latin America during the period 1850 to 1950. Violent conflicts were intimately tied to the nationbuilding process during this period, when new actors sought to dominate the political scene during the transition from the political chaos of independence to the relatively stable nation-states of the mid-twentieth century. This chapter acts as an introduction to the other chapters in this book. The chapters are organized chronologically within two sections that reflect the two main divisions: internal development models, and boundaries and borders. Each section examines a major theme.

Keywords: nationbuilding; Latin America; political transition; violent conflict; nation-state; national identity

Chapter.  8963 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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