Twentieth-Century Latin American Revolutions

Marc Becker (Author)

Product Details

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish Date
June 01, 2017
6.1 X 0.5 X 8.9 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Marc Becker is professor of Latin American history at Truman State University.


The diversity, drama, and sheer number of revolutionary movements in modern Latin America can be confusing for undergraduates. Becker's new book helps cut through this confusion, with its succinct historical narratives, excellent choice of foundational primary documents, biographical sketches of central leaders (and mini-bios in the text of less-well-known female leaders), and clear and non-judgmental explanations of the ideological '-isms' and strategy debates. The timelines, annotated bibliographies, discussion questions, index, and glossary are welcome additions. Becker repeatedly shows how historians themselves disagree on important aspects of revolutionary theory, which helps students realize that they too can debate and question and do the kind of research that enables them to come up with their own conclusions and arguments.--Matilde Zimmermann, Sarah Lawrence College
This lucidly written and incisive primer draws on insights from the latest theoretical and historical literature to highlight the interplay of ideology, structures, agency, and subjectivities in Latin American revolutions and revolutionary processes. Rich in primary documents, reference materials, and probing discussion questions, it is ideally suited for use in undergraduate classrooms.--Steven J. Hirsch, Washington University
Marc Becker has written not only a valuable teaching tool but also an innovative overview of revolutions in modern Latin America. Instructors and students will appreciate the accessible biographical sketches and primary documents, while scholars will learn from and discuss his views on insurgency and the state.--Charles Walker, University of California, Davis
Becker's style and argumentation are always fair. He shows a firm grasp of the complicated and half-controlled evolution of revolutionary processes. He systematically maintains throughout all his case studies a convincing analysis and completes the book with a short but nuanced overview of the Pink Tide governments. It is an ideal textbook to use in the classroom. I am also sure that a more general public will appreciate this wide-ranging comparative study, filling a hiatus in an academic tradition where single case studies or monographs are more common.--Journal of Latin American Studies
Given the difficulty of tackling such a big and complex subject (revolutions) in a clear and accessible way, Becker's study has many merits. . . . As an overview of the major cases--Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, and Venezuela--the book is balanced and reliable, based on a wide range of sources, and will certainly serve as a sound introduction for students. . . . Becker displays a shrewd grasp of the broader phenomenon of the 'Latin American revolutionary tradition.'. . . Becker is alive to scholarly debates, for example, regarding when the Mexican Revolution ended; and he offers a useful overview of contrasting theories of revolution.--Latin American Research Review