Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

LLILAS Faculty Book Talk: "Kurt Weyland—Revolution and Reaction: The Diffusion of Authoritarianism in Latin America"

Tue, September 17, 2019 | Batts Hall (BAT) 5.108

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Professor of Government Kurt Weyland presents his new book, Revolution and Reaction: The Diffusion of Authoritarianism in Latin America (Cambridge, 2019).

Why did so many Latin American leftists believe they could replicate the Cuban Revolution in their own countries, and why did so many rightists fear the spread of Communism? Cognitive-psychological insights about people's distorted inferences and skewed interest calculations explain why the left held exaggerated hopes and why the right experienced excessive dread. The resulting polarization provoked a powerful backlash in which the right uniformly defeated the left. To forestall the feared spread of revolution, the military in many countries imposed authoritarian regimes and brutally suppressed left-wingers. Overly worried about the advance of Cuban-inspired radicalism as well, the United States condoned and supported the installation of dictatorships, but Latin American elites took the main initiative in these regressive regime changes. With a large number of primary and secondary sources, this book documents how the misperceptions on both sides of the ideological divide thus played a crucial role in the frequent destruction of democracy.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paloma Díaz.

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