Title

Theories of Revolution: A Latin American Perspective

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

1994

Advisor

Gary Prevost

Abstract

Socialistic revolutions in the twentieth century have not followed the patterns suggested by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. However, Marxist analysis remains useful in Latin America as a guide for making and evaluating revolution. Because the class structure of Latin America differs from that of the "First World," the peasantry and proletariat play a larger role in making revolution. In the experiences of Nicaragua and El Salvador, the ideology of the revolutionary organizations evolved in response to the permissive world context. Future revolutionaries can learn many lessons from the contributions (as well as from the errors) of the FSLN and the FMLN.

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