Freedom and Reform in Latin America

Freedom and Reform in Latin America

Freedom and Reform in Latin America

Freedom and Reform in Latin America

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Having produced numerous monographs and edited volumes dealing with areas of particular importance in the shaping of today's world, the Committee on International Relations of the University of Notre Dame began several years ago to contemplate a work concerned with Latin America. Particularly interested in this venture were Stephen D. Kertesz, the Committee's chairman, and John J. Kennedy, a specialist in Latin American studies of vast and distinguished experience. Owing to arrangements made by these two men there was held in May of 1957 on the Notre Dame campus a symposium pertaining to the problems of freedom and reform in Latin America.

After participating in this symposium, I was shortly given the opportunity of planning and editing the more extensive collection of essays which came to comprise the present volume. To the Committee on International Relations, then, I am initially indebted. In preparing my own essay on the revolutionary tradition I profited immensely from the suggestions of two Notre Dame professors, Rev. Thomas T. McAvoy, C.S.C., Head, Department of History, and Thomas J. Stritch, Head, Department of Communications Arts. And for his careful editorial reading of all the manuscripts and his many excellent suggestions, I owe a large debt of gratitude to Joseph M. Duffy, Jr., of the Notre Dame Department of English. Above all, in work of this nature, an editor becomes indebted to the specialists who generously agree to prepare contributions. The outstanding qualifications of the con-

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