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Blood and Debt: War and the Nation-State in Latin America by Miguel Angel Centeno

By Miguel Angel Centeno

What function does conflict play in political improvement? Our realizing of the increase of the geographical region is predicated seriously at the Western eu event of battle. difficult the dominance of this version, Blood and Debt appears at Latin America's a lot diversified event as extra suitable to politics at the present time in areas as diverse because the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa.

The book's illuminating assessment of the particularly peaceable background of Latin the USA from the past due eighteenth throughout the early 20th centuries unearths the inability of 2 severe necessities wanted for struggle: a political and armed forces tradition orientated towards overseas violence, and the kingdom institutional skill to hold it out. utilizing cutting edge new information equivalent to tax receipts, naming of streets and public monuments, and conscription documents, the writer conscientiously examines how struggle affected the financial improvement of the country, the construction of nationwide identification, and claims to citizenship. instead of construction geographical regions and fostering democratic citizenship, he indicates, warfare in Latin the United States destroyed associations, proven inner divisions, and killed many with out objective or glory.

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