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

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

ISBN13: 978-0271023069

Cover of Blood and Debt : War and the Nation-State in Latin America 02 (ISBN 978-0271023069)
ISBN13: 978-0271023069
ISBN10: 0271023066
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Penn State U. Press
Published: 2002
International: No

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

ISBN13: 978-0271023069

Miguel Angel Centeno

ISBN13: 978-0271023069
ISBN10: 0271023066
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Penn State U. Press

Published: 2002
International: No
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 through 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.

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