Bolivia by Kepa Artaraz

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What this book does emphatically is kill the notion that anyone could possibly say: “Bolivia? It’s not as good as it used to be.”
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The election of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS, movement towards socialism) to power in Bolivia in 2006 marked a historic break from centuries of foreign domination and indigenous marginalisation. Evo Morales, leader of the MAS, became the first indigenous president of Bolivia.Kepa Artaraz looks at the attempt to 'refound the nation' which the new government has made as its goal. He shows how the mix of Marxism, indigenous liberation politics, anti-imperialism and environmentalism has made Bolivia one of the most interesting and unique political experiments of Latin America's 'red decade'.As the historic left-turn in Latin America reaches a crossroads, Bolivia: Refounding the Nation guides us through the politics and ideas which have animated this popular movement, drawing out important lessons for progressive politics everywhere.
 

About Kepa Artaraz

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Kepa Artaraz is a lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK, where he teaches on global social policy and politics. He is interested in revolutionary ideologies and radical forms of democracy. He is the author of Cuba and Western Intellectuals since 1959 (2009).
 
Published April 20, 2012 by Pluto Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ed Hart on Jun 11 2012

What this book does emphatically is kill the notion that anyone could possibly say: “Bolivia? It’s not as good as it used to be.”

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