Una nueva sección: LA GENTE HABLA

En esta sección se recogen las experiencias y testimonios de distintas y diferentes personas a lo largo del mundo sobre la lucha día a día que realizan en el capitalismo quienes no poseen medios de producción para para simplemente sobrevivir y, en los mejores escenarios, para poder vivir con dignidad. Se hace especial hincapié en el día a día del capitalismo tropical tardío existente en la periferia de los grandes centros industriales, es decir, en América Latina, África y Medio Oriente.

Reading the History of Slavery: 3 Experts Offer Book Recommendations

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Perhaps more than ever, we need to better educate ourselves on the history of slavery, and consider the ways in which it informs how we have arrived at the present. We invited three prominent scholars to recommend books that speak to the current historical moment and help us better understand the protests. Below are the recommendations of Sowande’ M. Mustakeem, Manuel Barcia, and Ana Lucia Araujo.

Sowande’ M. Mustakeem‘s Recommendations

Sowande’ M. Mustakeem is an Associate Professor in the Departments of History & African American and African Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and teaching interests focus on race, gender, slavery, violence, illness, criminality, and public memory of the past.  She has been featured on BBC radio, the PBS documentary series “Many Rivers to Cross,” Vox, and recently on the ABWH-TV episode, “Black Women, History, and State Violence.” Dr. Mustakeem is the…

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Age of Revolutions Webinar on Peru’s Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement

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Age of Revolutions happily co-hosted a webinar event  with the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program at Smith College on Miguel La Serna’s new book With Masses and Arms: Peru’s Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (UNC Press, 2020). The discussion was facilitated by our editor Javier Puente (Smith College) and Lucia Luna-Victoria (University of California, Davis).

You can watch the full webinar here.

About the Book:

Miguel La Serna’s gripping history of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) provides vital insight into both the history of modern Peru and the link between political violence and the culture of communications in Latin America. Smaller than the well-known Shining Path but just as remarkable, the MRTA emerged in the early 1980s at the beginning of a long and bloody civil war. Taking a close look at the daily experiences of women and men who fought on both sides of the conflict, this fast-paced…

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Reckoning with Revolution in Nicaragua

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This post is a part of our “Latin America’s Ongoing Revolutions” series, which explores the colonial and post-colonial angles of Latin America’s revolutionary history. Check out the entire series.

By Mateo Jarquín

“It was a beautiful revolution, but what happened is that it was betrayed.”

In 2015, Ernesto Cardenal – the beret-wearing Catholic priest, acclaimed poet, and key personality of the Sandinista Revolution (1979-1990) – delivered this appraisal of Nicaragua’s postrevolutionary legacy.[1] At the time, Latin America watched with concern as Nicaraguan democracy imploded. Daniel Ortega, president during the revolutionary 1980s and re-elected in 2006, used his office and grip over the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) to muzzle dissent and consolidate control over all branches of government. In doing so, the former Marxist rebel eschewed the Revolution’s redistributive economics and progressive social policies. He instead presided over a stunning ideological metamorphosis whereby the Sandinista Front became…

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