Warriors and Scribes opens and closes using the prism of biography
to question the framing of Latin American political life from both
a northern, Cold War perspective and from the trivializations of
postmodernism. An investigation of Jorge Castaneda's Utopia
Disarmed reveals that Latin American politics are eminently
transformable beyond the failed nostrums of multilateral
organizations and collapsed dictatorships of the 1980s.
In surveying regional relations with the USA since 1800, and a
taking a wry look at Hollywood's treatment of Central America under
Reagan, Dunkerley points out that Anglo-America has possessed
neither a uniform imperialist vocation nor the consistent capacity
to impose it. Two pieces written in the late 1990s -- a reappraisal
of Latin American Studies since the Cuban Revolution and a survey
of the contemporary politics of Bolivia -- reflect the author's
concerns with a place that was "American" for half a millennium
before "Americanization through globalization" became a
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