El Salvador's Civil War: A Study of Revolution

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This in-depth study of the recent civil war in El Salvador supports the author's broader contention that the strategies adopted by incumbent regimes and insurgent movements are key to explaining why revolutions occur—and the conditions under which they succeed or fail.

Arguing that prevailing theories of revolution underemphasize the importance of choices and the dynamic interaction between conflicting parties, Byrne demonstrates that strategy played a critical role in the outcome of El Salvador's civil war.His analysis is based in large part on a close examination of more than 12,000 recently declassified U.S. documents, documents of the FMLN insurgents, and interviews with leading participants in the conflict.

Hugh Byrne is a consultant to NGOs concerned with U.S. policy in Latin America.

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Table of contents

  • El Salvador's Civil War - A Study of Revolution *
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1: Strategy and Revolution 1
  • 2: The Origins of El Salvador's Crisis 17
  • 3: Preparation for War 53
  • 4: Fighting Different Wars 73
  • 5: The Primacy of the Political 121
  • 6: Resolving the Conflict Through Negotiations 169
  • 7: Conclusion 197
  • Epilogue 213
  • Acronyms 215
  • Bibliography 219
  • Index 229
  • About the Book 242
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