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Beatriz AllendeA Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America$
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Tanya Harmer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654294

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654294.001.0001

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Love and Revolution

Love and Revolution

(p.106) 5 Love and Revolution
Beatriz Allende

Tanya Harmer

University of North Carolina Press

Beatriz’s life changed in late 1967 when she visited Cuba with her father, fell in love with a Cuban intelligence operative, and signed up to a new effort to launch a revolutionary insurgency in Bolivia. In the aftermath of Che Guevara’s death, Beatriz’s internationalist commitment was not unique. It mirrored a growing predilection for armed struggle and self-sacrifice among young radicalized sectors in Chile. Chapter five examines this trend, detailing its institutionalization within Chilean left-wing parties and the allure of Latin America’s guerrilla decade. Using the prism of Beatriz’s involvement in the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Army or ELN), a Bolivian-led internationalist revolutionary project, it also examines the process that led her to become logistically and ideologically tied to Cuba and its regional ventures. Her perspective helps us understand how clandestine revolutionary operations worked in practice, what opportunities for participating in them existed for women, and how they came to change and affect individual lives of those involved. In doing so, it helps us to understand the human dimensions of insurgency in the region.

Keywords:   Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Ejército de Liberación Nacional, Gender, Guerrilla, insurgency, Internationalism, Love, Women

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