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From Development to Dictatorship: Bolivia and the Alliance for Progress in the Kennedy Era

Thomas C. Jr. Field


During the most idealistic years of John F. Kennedy's Alliance for Progress development program, Bolivia was the highest per capita recipient of U.S. foreign aid in Latin America. Nonetheless, Washington's modernization programs in early 1960s Bolivia ended up on a collision course with important sectors of the country's civil society, including radical workers, rebellious students, and a plethora of rightwing and leftwing political parties. This book reconstructs the untold story of USAID's first years in Bolivia, including the country's 1964 military coup d'ètat. The book draws heavily on lo ... More

Keywords: John F. Kennedy, Bolivia, U.S. foreign aid, dictatorship, Alliance for Progress, Cold War, liberal internationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452604
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452604.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas C. Jr. Field, author
Assistant Professor of Global Security and Intelligence Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University