Автор: James Dunkerley
Название: Rebellion in the Veins: Political Struggle in Bolivia, 1952-1982
Размер: 38 Мб
Bolivia is a country with a reputation. Not so long ago it was for Che Guevara, for whose death its citizens are on occasions held to be collectively responsible. More recently it has been for cocaine. But in general it is for political disorder. Readers of serious newspapers may retain in the back of their minds the fact that the country has experienced a large number of military coups; they will not, in all probability, recall the exact number, but it is very high. Yet, Guevara was an intruder, an Argentine arriving from Cuba to fight an international revolution. The fact that he did not understand Bolivia played an important part in determining that he died there. In recent years production of cocaine has indeed flourished in the east of the country, but while a great many peasant farmers are involved in the cultivation of the coca leaf from which the drug is obtained, the small number of traffickers in cocaine have become a cosmopolitan breed, in no sense representative of the nation as a whole and capable of influencing its government only for a very short period.
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