Blood and Debt: War and the Nation-State in Latin America by Miguel Angel Centeno

By Miguel Angel Centeno

What position does battle play in political improvement? Our knowing of the increase of the geographical region relies seriously at the Western eu adventure of warfare. hard the dominance of this version, Blood and Debt seems at Latin America's a lot diversified adventure as extra proper to politics this present day in areas as various because the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa. The book's illuminating evaluate of the quite peaceable heritage of Latin the United States from the overdue eighteenth throughout the early 20th centuries finds the shortcoming of 2 severe must haves wanted for warfare: a political and armed forces tradition orientated towards overseas violence and the kingdom institutional potential to hold it out. utilizing leading edge new information reminiscent of tax receipts, naming of streets and public monuments, and conscription documents, the writer rigorously examines how struggle affected the monetary improvement of the country, the production of nationwide identification, and claims to citizenship. instead of development geographical regions and fostering democratic citizenship, he indicates, warfare in Latin the US destroyed associations, proven inner divisions, and killed many with out goal or glory.

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By Miguel Angel Centeno

What position does battle play in political improvement? Our knowing of the increase of the geographical region relies seriously at the Western eu adventure of warfare. hard the dominance of this version, Blood and Debt seems at Latin America's a lot diversified adventure as extra proper to politics this present day in areas as various because the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa. The book's illuminating evaluate of the quite peaceable heritage of Latin the United States from the overdue eighteenth throughout the early 20th centuries finds the shortcoming of 2 severe must haves wanted for warfare: a political and armed forces tradition orientated towards overseas violence and the kingdom institutional potential to hold it out. utilizing leading edge new information reminiscent of tax receipts, naming of streets and public monuments, and conscription documents, the writer rigorously examines how struggle affected the monetary improvement of the country, the production of nationwide identification, and claims to citizenship. instead of development geographical regions and fostering democratic citizenship, he indicates, warfare in Latin the US destroyed associations, proven inner divisions, and killed many with out goal or glory.

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Tilly, Big Structures, Large Processes, Huge Comparisons. The Latin American Puzzle 19 development arising from the European experience. Second, within the region I have sought to find variation from a general pattern. In this way, I am thus also borrowing from two different approaches defined by Tilly. At times, I will claim some level of universality for the region, while at others I will emphasize the very individual characteristics of the relevant countries and descend into the historical details.

The armed effort was small enough so as to not require the militarization of society throughout the continent. Certainly in comparison with the equivalent wars in European history, such as the Thirty Years War, the independence conflicts left a much more limited institutional legacy. Postindependence wars also produced ambiguous results. The Latin American cases force us to ask once again how war actually produces order from chaos. How do state demands for money and obedience lead to greater authority instead of internal war and domestic conflict?

In light of increased pressures for international intervention in domestic struggles, the answers to this question have clear contemporary importance. The types of violence observed in Latin America are relevant in a world where the ‘‘major-theater war’’ classically seen in Europe may no longer be so relevant, where states may not be the only military actors, and where outcomes may not be decisive. 48 Why did central authority establish control over the means of violence in Europe, but generally fail in Latin America?

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