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Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War$
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Tanya Harmer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834954

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869246_harmer

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(p.255) Conclusion
Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War

Tanya Harmer

University of North Carolina Press

This book concludes with a discussion of how the author was asked whether her researching the details of Cuba's role in Chile meant that she thought the United States was justified in destabilizing Chilean democracy. The author's immediate answer was, and is, a resounding no. However, beyond this, the author states that history should never be regarded as a zero-sum game—that understanding the role that one side played in the complex inter-American Cold War should not preclude investigation of another. To put it another way, to catalog one lot of wrongdoing should not automatically lead us into the trap of thinking that the other side was passive and blameless or vice versa. Not only is this not what history is about—the past is mostly far more nuanced than a simple battle between good and evil—but to omit the role of the Cubans and the Chileans they worked with is actually to do an injustice to what they believed in and what both groups fought for.

Keywords:   Cuba, Chile, Chilean democracy, zero-sum game, inter-American Cold War

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