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New Military Politics in Latin America

New Military Politics in Latin America

Edited by Robert Wesson

Praeger/Stanford: Hoover, 1982, 230 pp.

The contention is that military politics are unlikely to be a passing phase and that their current scope and style result from two modern conditions: efforts to spread political power to large numbers of citizens in societies not prepared to meet their demands, and the emergence of the armed forces as coherent political entities. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia and Venezuela are treated individually in these 11 essays, which are capped by a reflective chapter on U.S. policy.