New PDF release: Authoritarian Regimes in Latin America: Dictators, Despots,

By Paul H. Lewis

robust, colourful personalities who impose their will upon legislation, constitutions, courts, and congresses are an everlasting characteristic of Latin American politics, starting with the violent neighborhood bosses (caudillos) of the early 19th century and carrying on with with the 'hyper-presidential' platforms of this day. Paul Lewis explores the origins of the region's authoritarian tradition and the differing kinds of regimes that experience exhibited it. Taking a student-friendly chronological strategy, this considerate and available textual content starts off with a quick evaluate of Latin America's Iberian history, then describes the overall breakdown of order and the increase of the caudillos following independence. Lewis exhibits how the interior dynamics of caudillo politics have produced, in a single kingdom after one other, both powerful personalistic dictatorships or oligarchies that ruthlessly imposed order on their societies. Order made financial progress and urbanization attainable, but created nice social injustices that spurred the improvement of mass politics. the writer describes the twentieth-century upheavals that introduced the folks into the political enviornment, leading to quite a few innovative and counter-revolutionary regimes that borrow their concept from fascism and communism. Balanced but wary concerning the way forward for democracy within the area, this obtainable e-book may be worthwhile for classes on modern Latin America.

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