Revolution and reaction : the diffusion of authoritarianism in Latin America / Kurt Weyland.

Why did so many Latin American leftists believe they could replicate the Cuban Revolution in their own countries, and why did so many rightists fear the spread of Communism? Cognitive-psychological insights about people's distorted inferences and skewed interest calculations explain why the lef...

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Main Author: Weyland, Kurt Gerhard, (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
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Summary:Why did so many Latin American leftists believe they could replicate the Cuban Revolution in their own countries, and why did so many rightists fear the spread of Communism? Cognitive-psychological insights about people's distorted inferences and skewed interest calculations explain why the left held exaggerated hopes and why the right experienced excessive dread. The resulting polarization provoked a powerful backlash in which the right uniformly defeated the left. To forestall the feared spread of revolution, the military in many countries imposed authoritarian regimes and brutally suppressed left-wingers. Overly worried about the advance of Cuban-inspired radicalism as well, the United States condoned and supported the installation of dictatorship, but Latin American elites took the main initiative in these regressive regime changes. With a large number of primary and secondary sources, this book documents how the misperceptions on both sides of the ideological divide thus played a crucial role in the frequent destruction of democracy.
Item Description:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 13 Mar 2019).
Physical Description:1 online resource (x, 310 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
ISBN:9781108692823 (ebook)