War and Its Aftermath: New Writing on Latin America
Ramsey, Russell W., Parameters
This cluster of books on Latin America deals with war, civil-military relations, and the social aftermath of conflict. The works are literarily important, strategically significant uneven in scope, and likely to enjoy an enduring place in library collections.
We jump quickly into the ideological frying pan with John Charles Chasteen's written new work, Born in Blood and Fire: A History of Latin. In short and superbly written chapter, Professor Chasteen profiles a survey sketch of Latin American history which emphasize, both military and social conflict in each major period. The focus gives the reader an unbalanced overall view, since cultural history and civil society get little space. Author Chasteen's outlook is also distinctly at odds with well-documented facts revealing Latin Am to be the world region historically possessing the fewest casualties due to war, the fewest soldiers as a 'cent of the population, and the smallest percent of the gross domestic to military spending (see Ruth L. Sivard's World Military and Social Expenditures, 1991, pp. 22-23; 50-51).
Professor Patricio Silva has edited The Soldier and the State in South America: …
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Publication information: Article title: War and Its Aftermath: New Writing on Latin America. Contributors: Ramsey, Russell W. - Author. Journal title: Parameters. Volume: 32. Issue: 1 Publication date: Spring 2002. Page number: 118+. © 2008 U.S. Army War College. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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