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Viva La Revolucion : Hobsbawm on Latin America


2017, Little, Brown Book Group, Paperback, 480 pag., ISBN 9780349141299, €
Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) wrote that Latin America was the only region of
the world outside Europe which he felt he knew well and where he felt
entirely at home. He claimed this was because it was the only part of the
Third World whose two principal languages, Spanish and Portuguese, were
within his reach. But he was also, of course, attracted by the potential
for social revolution in Latin America. After the triumph of Fidel Castro
in Cuba in January 1959, and even more after the defeat of the American
attempt to overthrow him at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, ‘there was not
an intellectual in Europe or the USA’, he wrote, ‘who was not under the
spell of Latin America, a continent apparently bubbling with the lava of
social revolutions’. ‘The Third World brought the hope of revolution back
to the First in the 1960s’. The two great international inspirations were
Cuba and Vietnam, ‘triumphs not only of revolution, but of Davids against
Goliaths, of the weak against the all-powerful’.

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Artikelnummer: 36837 Categorie: Tags: , , ,
Auteur: Hobsbawm, Eric
Jaar: 2017
ISBN: 9780349141299
Pagina's: 480
Taal: English
Uitgever: Little Brown
Uitgever stad: London
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