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Brazil's cold war in the southern Cone, 1970–1975

Harmer, Tanya (2012) Brazil's cold war in the southern Cone, 1970–1975. Cold War History, 12 (4). pp. 659-681. ISSN 1468-2745

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14682745.2011.641953


Brazil is traditionally regarded as having been distant from its Latin American neighbours. However, new documents show that it was actually very involved in the Cold War struggles that engulfed the Southern Cone during the early 1970s. In Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay, Brazil's military regime intervened to prevent or overturn left-wing gains. It also did its best to encourage the United States to play a greater role in fighting the region's Cold War. Finally, it served as the model that military leaders in the Southern Cone looked to as they plotted to seize power. Examining these direct and indirect forms of influence, with particular reference to the relationship between Brazil and Chile, this article argues that Brazil's experience after 1964 was a game changer when it came to the way in which the inter-American Cold War unfolded.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Informa plc
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2012 09:04
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:27

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