In This Review

Yesterday's Soldiers: European Military Professionalism in South America, 1890-1940
Yesterday's Soldiers: European Military Professionalism in South America, 1890-1940
By Frederick M. Nunn
University of Nebraska Press, 1983, 365 pp.

The author traces the influence of the German military in the creation of modern armed forces in Argentina and Chile, and the corresponding French influence in Brazil and Peru. Citing Lévi-Strauss on "tropical culture-lag," Nunn observes: "So many of the political, social and cultural dilemmas of modern South America resemble those of the 1890-1940 half-century in Europe that I believe South America to be more representative of that era than that of the Atlantic world of the Atomic Age."