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Modern Latin American revolutions /
Eric Selbin.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Boulder, CO : Westview Press, 1999.
description
x, 236 p.
ISBN
0813335639 (pbk.)
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Boulder, CO : Westview Press, 1999.
isbn
0813335639 (pbk.)
catalogue key
2644491
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-221) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-07:
Selbin (Southwestern Univ.) devotes 150 pages to analysis of social revolution in Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Grenada. His principal themes are the role of the individual in revolution, leadership, ideology, strategy, and revolutionary processes. In Selbin's typology of revolution, the movement in Bolivia is held to have achieved institutionalization but not consolidation; in Cuba consolidation but not institutionalization; in Grenada neither consolidation nor institutionalization; and in Nicaragua both consolidation and institutionalization. The Nicaraguan affair brought about a genuine transformation of society. Little or no consideration is given to Latin American revolutionary movements prior to the rise of the Movimiento Nacionalista Revolucionario (MNR) in Bolivia in the 1950s. As paradigmatic theorists of revolution the author cites Karl Marx (revolution as process), Charles Tilly (the "political conflict" approach), and Samuel Huntington and Theda Skocpol (structuralism). The book is a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate about this important topic, even if it is couched in rather abstract terms. Mapless and sans illustrations, but includes more than 60 pages of notes, a nine-page select bibliography, and a useful list of acronyms. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. H. Thompson; Indiana UniversityDSPurdue University at Indianapolis
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Summaries
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This is a study of modern revolutions in Latin America and, in particular, the extent to which each revolution was both institutionalised and consolidated.
Main Description
In contrast to previous studies that have centered on the institutionalization of revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean, Modern Latin American Revolutions, Second Edition, introduces the concept of consolidation of the revolutionary process--the efforts of revolutionary leaders to transform society and the acceptance by a significant majority of the population of the core of the social revolutionary project. As a result, the spotlight is on people, not structures, and transformation, not simply revolutionary transition.The second edition of this acclaimed book has been revised to include new information on the cases of Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Grenada, assessing the extent to which each revolution was both institutionalized and consolidated. This edition also boasts expanded coverage on Che Guevara's visionary leadership and an all-new section that addresses the future of revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Selbin argues that there is a strong link between organizational leadership and the institutionalization process on the one hand, and visionary leadership and the consolidation process on the other. Particular attention is given to the ongoing revolutionary process in Nicaragua, with an emphasis on the implications and ramifications of the 1990 electoral process. A final chapter includes brief analyses of the still unfolding revolutionary processes in El Salvador and Peru.
Main Description
In contrast to previous studies that have centered on the institutionalization of revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean,Modern Latin American Revolutions, Second Edition,introduces the concept of consolidation of the revolutionary processthe efforts of revolutionary leaders to transform society and the acceptance by a significant majority of the population of the core of the social revolutionary project. As a result, the spotlight is on people, not structures, and transformation, not simply revolutionary transition.The second edition of this acclaimed book has been revised to include new information on the cases of Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Grenada, assessing the extent to which each revolution was both institutionalized and consolidated. This edition also boasts expanded coverage on Che Guevara's visionary leadership and an all-new section that addresses the future of revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Selbin argues that there is a strong link between organizational leadership and the institutionalization process on the one hand, and visionary leadership and the consolidation process on the other. Particular attention is given to the ongoing revolutionary process in Nicaragua, with an emphasis on the implications and ramifications of the 1990 electoral process. A final chapter includes brief analyses of the still unfolding revolutionary processes in El Salvador and Peru.
Unpaid Annotation
Modern Latin American Revolutions, Second Edition, introduces the concept of consolidation of the revolutionary process -- the efforts of revolutionary leaders to transform society and the acceptance by a significant majority of the population of the core of the social revolutionary project. The second edition of this acclaimed book has been revised and updated to include new information on the cases of Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Grenada, assessing the extent to which each revolution was both institutionalized and consolidated. This edition also boasts expanded coverage on Che Gueavara's visionary leadership and an allnew section that addresses the future of revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Selbin argues that there is a strong link between organizational leadership and the institutionalization process on the one hand, and visionary leadership and the consolidation process on the other. Particular attention is given to the ongoing revolutionary process in Nicaragua, with an emphasis on the implications and ramifications of the 1990 electoral process. A final chapter includes brief analyses of the still unfolding revolutionary processes in El Salvador and Peru.
Unpaid Annotation
Praise for the first edition: "A valuable contribution to the ongoing debate." Choice "An important book for people interested in processes of social & political change." Journal of Politics "Structural theorists of revolution beware: here be dragons. Eric Selbin's excellent work should prove to be one of the stronger salvos by the fourth generation of revolutionary theorists.... As one who finds great merit in structural theorizing about the causes & outcomes of revolutions, I was both challenged & intrigued by this carefully crafted attempt to bring actors, choices, & social processes back into the center of our analyses of revolution." Timothy Wickham-Crowley Georgetown University "This informative analysis is of both theoretical & empirical import. The book should be read by Latin Americanists & students & scholars interested in comparative revolutions & comparative politics." Susan Eckstein Boston University
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments to the Second Editionp. vii
Acknowledgments to the First Editionp. ix
Social Revolution and The Role of the Individualp. 1
Social Revolutionary Leadership Ideology and Strategyp. 66
Making the Revolution Reality The Nicaraguan Revolution 1979-1990p. 92
Bringing People Back In A New Vocabulary for Exploring Revolutionary Processesp. 126
Epilogue the Future of Revolution In Latin America and the Caribbean--Canon and Revisionp. 141
Notesp. 149
Acronymsp. 222
Indexp. 225
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