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Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin
AmericaRace, Nation, and Community During the Liberal Period$
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Nicola Foote and Rene D. Harder Horst

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034874

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034874.001.0001

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Introduction: Decentering War

Introduction: Decentering War

Military Struggle, Nationalism, and Black and Indigenous Populations in Latin America, 1850–1950

(p.1) Introduction: Decentering War
Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

Nicola Foote

René D. Harder Horst

University Press of Florida

This chapter provides the framework for the study of military struggle and nationbuilding in Latin America during the period 1850 to 1950. Violent conflicts were intimately tied to the nationbuilding process during this period, when new actors sought to dominate the political scene during the transition from the political chaos of independence to the relatively stable nation-states of the mid-twentieth century. This chapter acts as an introduction to the other chapters in this book. The chapters are organized chronologically within two sections that reflect the two main divisions: internal development models, and boundaries and borders. Each section examines a major theme.

Keywords:   nationbuilding, Latin America, political transition, violent conflict, nation-state, national identity

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