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God's assassins [electronic resource] : state terrorism in Argentina in the 1970s /
Patricia Marchak in collaboration with William Marchak.
imprint
Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1999.
description
x, 393 p. : map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0773520139
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1999.
isbn
0773520139
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
10506946
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Patricia Marchak is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of British Columbia. William Marchak is retired after thirty years in newsprint sales to publishers throughout Latin America, including Argentina.
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Wallace K. Ferguson Award, CAN, 2000 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
Marchak's book grew from 118 interviews with Argentineans about the "dirty war" conducted by the military and ruling Junta in the 1970s and preceding era of political violence. The interviews are grouped thematically, with the author providing substantial though somewhat confusing transitions and historical explanations. Aside from this minor quibble the book well deserves the overused adjective important. Even those with more than a passing familiarity with events in Argentina between the late 1960s and 1980 will learn a great deal. As in Flight from Chile: Voices of Exile, comp. by Thomas Wright and Rody O~nate (CH, Jan'99) these interviews with survivors, relatives of the disappeared, priests, and soldiers offer partial illumination of the unimaginable process where a state turns instruments of terror against its own population. But where Wright and O~nate document the Chilean Left's discipline and organization, Marchak offers a portrait of a chaotic society, with poorly formed independent political institutions and organizations. She gives a gripping portrait of neophytes seeking to create a revolution out of nothing, and a military regime supported by the church that stopped at nothing to repress a violent but negligible threat. Highly recommended. All levels. J. Rosenthal; Trinity College
Reviews
Review Quotes
"God's Assassins is a remarkably successful attempt to get inside a nightmare. I was in Argentina at the time and thought I understood what was going on. Now I understand much more - especially about what was going through people's minds. A fine and instructive book." Gwynne Dyer
"God's Assassins is a remarkably successful attempt to get inside a nightmare. I was in Argentina at the time and thought I understood what was going on. Now I understand much more - especially about what was going through people's minds. A fine and instructive book." Gwynne Dyer.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
God's Assassins tells the story of state terrorism through interviews with participants on all sides on this issue. Graphic and moving, they illustrate much that will never appear in official documents.
Main Description
Between 1976 and 1983 an estimated 30,000 Argentines "disappeared" under the military junta. Most were imprisoned and tortured before being murdered by the military. In the two years preceding 1976, another 2,000 were assassinated by paramilitary death squads loosely organised by the Argentine government of Isabel PerĂ³n. God's Assassinstells the story of state terrorism in Argentina through interviews with participants on all sides of this issue. They include military officers, "third world" priests, Catholic church officers who supported military objectives and methods, former members of guerrilla movements, survivors of prison camps, journalists, trade unionists, and others who experienced state terrorism in Argentina. Patricia Marchak combines excerpts from these interviews with documents and media reports from the time and her own insightful study of Argentina's history to provide an analysis of the process as well as the causes of state terrorism. The graphic and moving interviews inGod's Assassinsshow the complexity of these causes and indicate that there is no simple explanation of the period. Was the head of a major guerrilla movement a double agent? Did the intelligence service actually believe it was engaged in the third world war? Why did the Catholic church turn on its own priests? Through her interviews, Marchak reveals much that will never appear in official documents. Patricia Marchak is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of British Columbia. William Marchak is retired after thirty years in the newsprint export sales business to newspaper publishers throughout Latin America, including Argentina.
Main Description
God's Assassins tells the story of state terrorism in Argentina through interviews with participants on all sides of this issue. They include military officers, "third world" priests, Catholic church officers who supported military objectives and methods, former members of guerrilla movements, survivors of prison camps, journalists, trade unionists, and others who experienced state terrorism in Argentina. Patricia Marchak combines excerpts from these interviews with documents and media reports from the time and her own insightful study of Argentina's history to provide an analysis of the process as well as the causes of state terrorism. The graphic and moving interviews in God's Assassins show the complexity of these causes and indicate that there is no simple explanation of the period. Was the head of a major guerrilla movement a double agent? Did the intelligence service actually believe it was engaged in the third world war? Why did the Catholic church turn on its own priests? Through her interviews, Marchak reveals much that will never appear in official documents.
Unpaid Annotation
Although Marchak (anthropology and sociology, U. of British Columbia) begins by asking, "was state terrorism inevitable" in Argentina during the military rule of 1976-1983, this book provides more perspective than answers. Filled with excerpts from interviews with military officers, Catholic Church officials both for and against the military rulers, union supporters, and members of guerrilla movements, this book explores the conditions under which state terrorism occurred, and of the people's experiences under this regime.
Table of Contents
Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Map of Argentinap. xi
Introduction
Introductionp. 3
Coping with State Terrorismp. 21
Historical Origins
A Violent Historyp. 43
Peronism and Militarismp. 57
Unionismp. 75
A Very Brief Revolutionp. 93
Escalation of Violence
The Dirty Warp. 109
Imprisoned under Penp. 128
El Procesop. 146
Revolutionaries and Scepticsp. 169
Tucumanp. 193
The Media and the International Contextp. 212
The Central Institutions of the Repression
A Deeply Divided Churchp. 235
Third World Priests' Movementp. 251
The Military Defencep. 266
Other Military Perspectivesp. 291
Conclusion
Conclusionp. 319
Revolutionary Organizations, 1960s to Early 1970sp. 341
Notesp. 345
Bibliographyp. 359
Indexp. 377
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