From the Banana Wars of the early 20th century through to the Football War of 1969, South and Central America has been a hotbed of revolutions, rebellions and conflicts as diverse as they are numerous. Some were small-scale affairs involving the poorly armed forces of Central American armies with rifles, machetes and a few aged machine guns. Others were full-scale conflicts involving sophisticated armies equipped with tanks, artillery and aircraft, and hundreds of thousands of troops. These wars often went largely unreported in the West, which was preoccupied with its own problems in fighting two world wars and dealing with Cold War tensions.
Fully illustrated with a wealth of rare photographs, this fascinating story sheds light on seven decades of a continent in conflict that is rarely covered in English.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Maps Chapter 1: Twenty Years of Conflict: 1900–20 Chapter 2: “Land or Liberty”: The Mexican Revolution 1911–14 Chapter 3: Mexico in Turmoil 1915–29 Chapter 4: Conflicts of the 1920s Chapter 5:Revolutions in Brazil: 1922–28 Chapter 6: “Colossus in the North”: US Military Interventions in Latin America, 1901–34 Chapter 7:“I Drink to Victory!”: The Chaco War 1932–35 Chapter 8: Conflicts of the 1930s Chapter 9: War in the Amazon: 1932–41 Chapter 10: The 1940s Chapter 11: The 1950s: Decade of Revolution Chapter 12: The 1960s Bibliography Index