Title : Specters of Revolution
Format : Paperback
Pages : 246 pages
Publisher : Alexander Avina
ISBN : 9780199936595

The 1960s represented a revolutionary moment around the globe In rural Mexico several guerrilla groups organized to fight against the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party PRI Specters of Revolution chronicles two peasant guerrilla organizations led by schoolteachers the National Revolutionary Civil Association ACNR and the Party of the Poor PDLP which waged revolutionary armed struggles to overthrow the PRI Both emerged to fight decades of massacres and everyday forms of terror committed by the government against citizen social movements that demanded the redemption of constitutional rights This book reveals that these movements developed after years of seeking legal constitutional pathways of redress focused on economic justice and electoral rights and became subject to brutal counterinsurgencies Relying upon recently declassified intelligence and military documents and oral histories it documents how long held rural utopian ideals drove peasant political action that gradually became radicalized in the face of persistent state terror and violence Placing Mexico into the broader history of post 1945 Latin America Specters of Revolution explodes the myth that Mexico constituted an island of relative peace and stability surrounded by a sea of military dictatorships during the Cold War