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"A very important contribution for experts and non-experts alike. Young's argument is a new, fresh way of looking at both Bolivian revolutionary thought and recent Bolivian history. No one else that I know of has focused on 'resource nationalism,' which Young argues persuasively is key to understanding Bolivia in the twentieth century and beyond." -- James Siekmeier, West Virginia University, author of The Bolivian Revolution and the United States, 1952 to the Present "'Resource nationalism' is a very suggestive concept that can be applied to other countries in Latin America (and probably other parts of the world, such as Africa) very productively to understand domestic politics in relation to the great powers, such as the United States." -- Erick D. Langer, Georgetown University, author of Expecting Pears from an Elm Tree: Franciscan Missions on the Chiriguano Frontier in the Heart of South America

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction: Natural Resources, Economic Visions, and US Intervention in Twentieth-Century Bolivia
  • 1. The Road to Resource Nationalism: Economic Ideas and Popular Coalitions in La Paz, 1927'AEi1952
  • 2. A New Type of Bolivian Economy: Competing Visions, 1952'AEi1956
  • 3. The Political Economy of Containment: Privatization, Austerity, and the MNR'AEos Shift to the Right, 1955'AEi1964
  • 4. The Battle for Men'AEos Minds: Economic Paradigms, Propaganda, and the Iconography of Revolution
  • 5. The Limits of Containment: Anti-Austerity and Resource Nationalism in La Paz Factories
  • 6. Oil and Nation: The Crusade to Save Bolivia'AEos Hydrocarbons
  • Epilogue: Resource Nationalism and Popular Struggle in the Twenty-First Century
  • Appendix: Professional Backgrounds of Key Middle-Class Participants in Economic Debates, 1940s'AEi1960s
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

About the Author

Kevin A. Young is an assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


"The importance of this book to contemporary conversations about extractivism in Bolivia cannot be overstated." * Latin American Perspectives *
"[Young] draws a complex and fascinating picture of the struggles over mining and oil from the Chaco War in the 1930s through the 1952 Revolution and the unraveling of the revolutionary state in the 1960s." * Against the Current *

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