The Chaco War: Environment, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

The Chaco War: Environment, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

By: Bridget Maria Chesterton (editor)Hardback

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In 1932 Bolivia and Paraguay went to war over the Chaco region in South America. The war lasted three years and approximately 52,000 Bolivians and Paraguayans died. Moving beyond the battlefields of the Chaco War, this volume highlights the forgotten narratives of the war. Studying the environmental, ethnic, and social realities of the war in both Bolivia and Paraguay, the contributors examine the conflict that took place between 1932 and 1936 and explore its relationship with and impact on nationalism, activism and modernity. Beginning with an overview of the war, the book goes on to explore many new approaches to the conflict, and the contributors address topics such as the environmental challenges faced by the forces involved, the role of indigenous peoples, the impact of oil nationalism and the conflict's aftermath. This is a volume that will be of interest to anyone working on modern Latin America and the relationship between war and society.

About Author

Bridget Maria Chesterton is Associate Professor of History at Buffalo State, USA. She is the author of The Grandchildren of Solano Lopez: Frontier and Nation in Paraguay, 1904-1936 (2013) and co-editor of Transformations of Populism in Europe and the Americas (2015).


1. Introduction: An Overview of the Chaco War - Bridget Maria Chesterton (Buffalo State, USA) 2. An Organic Army in the Chaco War - Carlos Gomez Florentin (Stony Brook University, USA) 3. Indigenous Peoples and the Chaco War: Power and Acquiescence in Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina - Erick D. Langer (Georgetown University, USA) 4. Challenging Modernity: Patriotic Engineering and the Chaco War - Ben Nobbs-Thiessen (Emory University, USA) 5. Bolivian Oil Nationalism and the Chaco War - Stephen Cote (Ohio University, USA) 6. Union Activism in La Paz before and after the Chaco War, 1920-1947- Luis M. Sierra (Wilmington College, USA) 7. "Same as Here, Same as Everywhere:" Social Difference among Bolivian Prisoners in Paraguay." - Elizabeth Shesko (Oakland University, USA) 8. Big Paraguay, Carlos Fiebrig, and the Botanical Garden as a Launching Point for Paraguayan Nationalism - Bridget Maria Chesterton and Thilo F. Papacek (Buffalo State, USA and Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany) 9. Engraving Conflict: The Chaco War in a Shell Case - Esther Breithoff (University of Bristol, UK) Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781474248846
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781474248846
  • weight: 479
  • ISBN10: 1474248845

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