Revolutionary Horizons: Past And Present In Bolivian Politics

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  • Publish Date: 2007-11-17
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Forrest Hylton;Sinclair Thomson

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A comprehensive study of insurrection in Bolivia, from the late eighteenth century to the present day. In an age of military neoliberalism, social movements and center-Left coalition governments have advanced across South America, sparking hope for radical change in a period otherwise characterized by regressive imperial and anti-imperial politics. Nowhere do the limits and possibilities of popular advance stand out as they do in Bolivia, the most heavily indigenous country in the Americas.

Focused on the history of indigenous and national-popular struggles for self-government from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, Revolutionary Horizons also traces the rise to power of Evo Morales's new administration, whose announced goals are to end imperial domination and internal colonialism through nationalization of the country's oil and gas reserves. In doing so, Hylton and Thompson provide an excavation of Andean revolution, whose successive layers of historical sedimentation comprise the subsoil, loam, landscape, and vistas for current political struggles in Bolivia. Revolutionary Horizons offers a unique and timely window onto the challenges faced by the Morales government and by the South American continent alike.

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