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Blood and Debt : War and the Nation-State in Latin America - 02 edition

by Miguel Angel Centeno

Blood and Debt : War and the Nation-State in Latin America (ISBN10: 0271023066; ISBN13: 9780271023069)
ISBN13: 978-0271023069
ISBN10: 0271023066

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0271021652
ISBN10: 0271021659

Summary: What role does war play in political development? Our understanding of the rise of the nation-state is based heavily on the Western European experience of war. Challenging the dominance of this model, Blood and Debt looks at Latin America's much different experience as more relevant to politics today in regions as varied as the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa. The book's illuminating review of the relatively peaceful history of Latin America from the late eighteenth t ...show morehrough the early twentieth centuries reveals the lack of two critical prerequisites needed for war: a political and military culture oriented toward international violence and the state institutional capacity to carry it out. Using innovative new data such as tax receipts, naming of streets and public monuments, and conscription records, the author carefully examines how war affected the fiscal development of the state, the creation of national identity, and claims to citizenship. Rather than building nation-states and fostering democratic citizenship, he shows, war in Latin America destroyed institutions, confirmed internal divisions, and killed many without purpose or glory. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 02
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Penn State U. Press
Published: 01/01/2002
International: No



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