By Laura Gotkowitz

A Revolution for Our Rights is a severe reassessment of the factors and value of the Bolivian Revolution of 1952. Historians have tended to view the revolution because the results of class-based activities that followed the increase of peasant leagues, mineworker unions, and reformist political tasks within the Thirties. Laura Gotkowitz argues that the revolution had deeper roots within the indigenous struggles for land and justice that swept via Bolivia in the course of the first half the 20 th century. not easy traditional knowledge, she demonstrates that rural indigenous activists essentially reshaped the army populist tasks of the Thirties and 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 energy, landholding, and rights.

Gotkowitz combines an emphasis on nationwide political debates and congresses with a sharply targeted 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 nation experts’ efforts to impose the legislation in what was once thought of a lawless geographical region, Gotkowitz exhibits how, many times, 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 events have captured around the world recognition prior to now a number of years. through describing indigenous mobilization within the many years previous the revolution of 1952, A Revolution for Our Rights illuminates an important bankruptcy within the lengthy historical past in the back of present-day struggles in Bolivia and contributes to an figuring out of indigenous politics in sleek Latin the US extra broadly.

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