From development to dictatorship : Bolivia and the alliance for progress in the Kennedy era / Thomas C. Field Jr.

By: Field, Thomas C., Jr [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksUnited States in the world: Publisher: Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (xix, 272 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780801470455; 0801470455Additional physical formats: Print version:: From development to dictatorshipDDC classification: 984.05/2 LOC classification: F3326 | .F48 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction: ideology as strategy -- Modernization's heavy-hand: the triangular plan for Bolivia -- Development as anticommunism: the targeting of Bolivian labor -- "Bitter medicine": military civic action and the battle of Irupata -- Development's detractors: miners, housewives, and the hostage crisis at Siglo XX -- Seeds of revolt: the making of an anti-authoritarian front -- Revolutionary Bolivia puts on a uniform: the 1964 Bolivian coup d'etat -- Conclusion: development and its discontents -- Notes -- Bibliography.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: ideology as strategy -- Modernization's heavy-hand: the triangular plan for Bolivia -- Development as anticommunism: the targeting of Bolivian labor -- "Bitter medicine": military civic action and the battle of Irupata -- Development's detractors: miners, housewives, and the hostage crisis at Siglo XX -- Seeds of revolt: the making of an anti-authoritarian front -- Revolutionary Bolivia puts on a uniform: the 1964 Bolivian coup d'etat -- Conclusion: development and its discontents -- Notes -- Bibliography.

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Field (global security and intelligence studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.) addresses the question of how the idealistic hopes for development aid to support democracy in the 1960s turned into the coup of 1964 and military dictatorship. Bolivia, at the time the second largest per capita recipient of US aid in the world, roughly 20 percent of the country's GNP, offers an excellent case study. The liberal authors of the Alliance for Progress envisioned development aid as the means of shaping the revolutionary direction of Bolivia. But Bolivian nationalist elites projected development for different political ends. Field contends that development ideology focused toward thwarting leftist movements tends to justify authoritarianism, the armed forces as a means of stability, and ultimately military coups. Debate in the literature differs over whether the US was motivated by a real desire for the advancement of the Global South or used aid as a guise and means for political hegemony in the Western hemisphere. In a measured approach, Field finds the two visions compatible. The author conducted exhaustive archival research in the US, Bolivia, and Europe, and his list of interviews is exceptional. This is international history at its best with insight that has implications well beyond the immediate country. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --Joe P. Dunn, Converse College

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Thomas C. Field Jr. is Assistant Professor of Global Security and Intelligence Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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