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Conference: 'Rethinking Military Nationalism: New Perspectives on the Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces, Peru 1968-1975'

Publication date: Sep 9, 2013 2:41:39 PM

Start: Oct 4, 2013 10:00:00 AM
End: Oct 4, 2013 6:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ


With the election of former military officer Ollanta Humala to the Presidency of Peru in 2011, the spectre of the military regime of Juan Velasco Alvarado was invoked by both those who feared, and by those who hoped, that Humala would turn out to be a Peruvian version of Hugo Chávez. Yet both camps mobilized a superficial narrative of the Velasco regime and period. Although the regime attracted significant attention from scholars in the 1970s, there has until recently been limited scholarly output on the Velasco years. However, recent published studies (Mayer, Walter, Cant) point to a growing interest, particularly among historians, in rethinking the history of the Velasco period and in formulating a more sophisticated interpretation of one of the most idiosyncratic military regimes in the history of Latin America. This conference brings together much of this new scholarship for the first time. Please consult the full program here.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.