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The Socialist ImpulseLatin America in the Twentieth Century$
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Charles D. Ameringer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033099

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033099.001.0001

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Central America Aflame

Central America Aflame

(p.212) 17 Central America Aflame
The Socialist Impulse

Charles D. Ameringer

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the period of armed insurrection after the radical 1960s, specifically in Central America. It is stated that although the region was dominated by authoritarian regimes, the ideas of Augusto César Sandino, Agustín Farabundo Martí, and Juan José Arévalo inspired dissent. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, on the other hand, provided the means. Out of all the countries in Central America, Nicaragua was the most agitated, having been aroused by Sandino. It looks at the Sandinista National Liberation Front, which was founded by Carlos Fonseca Amador. Amador had previously provided the link between Sandino's anarchism and the new Marxism that emerged from the Cuban Revolution.

Keywords:   armed insurrection, 1960s, Central America, authoritarian regimes, Nicaragua, anarchism, new Marxism, Cuban Revolution, Sandinista

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