For la Patria: politics and the armed forces in Latin by Brian Loveman

By Brian Loveman

Protecting "la patria," or "homeland," is the ancient project claimed by way of Latin American military. For l. a. Patria is a complete narrative background of the military's political position in Latin the US in nationwide protection and defense. Latin American civil-military kin and the position of the militia in politics, like these of all sleek realms, are framed by way of constitutional and felony norms specifying the formal relationships among the militia and the remainder of society. in fact, also they are the results of expectancies, attitudes, values, and practices advanced over centuries-integral elements of nationwide political cultures. army associations in each one Latin American state have resulted from that country's personal mix of neighborhood and imported affects, constructing a particular development of civil-military kinfolk as defender of the place of birth and guarantor of safeguard and order. Written through Latin American expert Brian Loveman, For l. a. Patria comprises tables, maps, images, and a thesaurus that might support the scholar in greater knowing the military's intervention in politics in Latin the US. This new textual content will supply scholars a radical and obtainable heritage of Latin American defense force and their activities in Latin American politics from colonial instances to the current.

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Generous colleagues have read all or part of the manuscript and made numerous suggestions for improvements. I usually took their advice but now cannot properly cite their particular contributions. They include Carlos Acuña, Felipe Agüero, Charles Andrain, William Beezley, Mark Burkholder, Paul Drake, Judith Ewell, J. Samuel Fitch, Gonzalo Palacios, Iván Jaksic *, Lyman Johnson, Elizabeth Lira, Mara Loveman, John Martz, Patrice McSherry, Tommie Sue Montgomery, Deborah Norden, Frederick Nunn, Antonio Palá, David Scott Palmer, David Pion-Berlin, Marcial Antonio Riquelme, Frank Safford, Lars Schoultz, and Augusto Varas.

27 Regional disintegration, war, boundary disputes, political intrigue, and fortuna left Latin America as a region of Spanish-speaking republics, Brazil, and Haiti. By the beginning of the twentieth century, with Cuba's separation from Spain and Panama's from Colombia, the term patria generally referred (for political elites and Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking "nationals") to these territorial states, despite the persistence of more poetic, romantic, and abstract usages. S. interventions in Cuba and Panama.

Despite this complexity, there is general consensus among military elites that defending their nation against external and internal enemies is their primordial historical missiona mission legitimated by tradition, by historical myths, and by professional education for officers in military schools and academies. It is also stated explicitly in constitutions, statutes, and military codes. 12 Uruguayan Colonel Sergio H. Caubarrere put the matter simply in 1996, proclaiming that "the military profession develops within a constitutional and legal frame that defines its mission and demarcates the cultural norms that governs its conduct.

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