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By Laura Gotkowitz

A Revolution for Our Rights is a serious reassessment of the explanations and value of the Bolivian Revolution of 1952. Historians have tended to view the revolution because the results of class-based events that observed the increase of peasant leagues, mineworker unions, and reformist political tasks within the Nineteen Thirties. Laura Gotkowitz argues that the revolution had deeper roots within the indigenous struggles for land and justice that swept via Bolivia throughout the first 1/2 the 20 th century. demanding traditional knowledge, she demonstrates that rural indigenous activists essentially reshaped the army populist tasks of the Thirties and Nineteen Forties. In so doing, she chronicles a hidden rural revolution—before the revolution of 1952—that fused appeals for equality with calls for for a thorough reconfiguration of political strength, landholding, and rights.

Gotkowitz combines an emphasis on nationwide political debates and congresses with a sharply concentrated research of Indian groups and massive estates within the division of Cochabamba. The fragmented nature of Cochabamba’s Indian groups and the pioneering importance of its peasant unions make it a propitious vantage element for exploring contests over competing visions of the state, justice, and rights. Scrutinizing country experts’ efforts to impose the legislations in what used to be thought of a lawless nation-state, Gotkowitz indicates how, again and again, indigenous activists shrewdly exploited the ambiguous prestige of the state’s pro-Indian legislation to press their calls for for land and justice. Bolivian indigenous and social activities have captured world wide consciousness in past times a number of years. by way of describing indigenous mobilization within the many years previous the revolution of 1952, A Revolution for Our Rights illuminates a very important bankruptcy within the lengthy historical past at the back of present-day struggles in Bolivia and contributes to an figuring out of indigenous politics in sleek Latin the United States extra broadly.

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