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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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Working for the Revolution

Working for the Revolution

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Beatriz Allende

Tanya Harmer

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter seven examines why and how Beatriz – and others on the revolutionary left –decided to become more intimately involved in Salvador Allende’s election campaign of 1970 and his presidency thereafter. It argues that Beatriz’s affective ties to him were pivotal in explaining her involvement and that he also benefitted from her ability to act as a bridge to the revolutionary Left, helping to bring it on his side. Beatriz participated in her father’s administration in a very specific way that fused her different loyalties to revolution together, bringing her intimate relationship with Cuba and training in covert intelligence and security to the job of assisting a democratically elected president. This chapter thus examines the confluence of different left-wing strategies and currents within Chile during the years of the Popular Unity government, how they interacted, coexisted, and responded to the mounting opposition they faced. It also explores the involvement and relationship Latin America’s revolutionary movements had with Chile during this period, arguing that Beatriz was one of their principal interlocutors.

Keywords:   Chile, 1970 presidential election, Cuba, Intelligence, Latin America, revolutionary movements, Popular Unity, Salvador Allende, Security

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