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Conflict on high: Tthe Bolivian Revolution and the United States, 1961-1964.

Field, Thomas C., Jr (2010) Conflict on high: Tthe Bolivian Revolution and the United States, 1961-1964. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Despite receiving massive injections of US foreign aid in 1961-1964, Bolivia has so far escaped the attention of scholars of American foreign policy toward Latin America during early 1960s. Yet only a thorough analysis of the Alliance for Progress in Bolivia can properly account for the reasons why the highest per capita recipient of Alliance aid funds entered a long period of military rule on 4 November 1964. Most previous accounts have blamed the military coup on the CIA, or the Pentagon, thus acquitting Kennedy-era aid programs of any complicity. This thesis argues that, on the contrary, Alliance programs played the central role in building up the Bolivian armed forces, both through civic action programs in the countryside and harsh labor reforms that were implemented through military force. The narrative suggests that aggressive ideologies of Third World development can often fuel geostrategic foreign interventions that rely heavily on authoritarian regimes. Rather than being a work of US imperialism, the following narrative suggests that the 1964 coup d'etat was actually a reaction against the heavy-hand wielded by the politicized intervention represented by Kennedy's Alliance for Progress.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political Science, International Relations, History, Latin American
Sets: Collections > ProQuest Etheses
Departments > International History

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