“How to Build a Revolution from the Bottom Up: Lessons from Allende's Chile
Wednesday, September 11, 2019Time
Rockefeller Hall 300-Auditorium
Marian Schlotterbeck, Associate Professor of Latin American history at the University of
For a thousand days in the early 1970s, Chileans experienced revolution not as a
dream but as daily life. Alongside Salvador Allende’s attempt to democratically bring
about a socialist regime, new understandings of the meaning of revolutionary change
emerged. In her groundbreaking book Beyond the Vanguard: Everyday Revolutionaries
in Allende’s Chile (University of California Press, 2018), Marian E. Schlotterbeck
explores popular politics in Chile in the decade before Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship
and provides an in-depth account of how working-class people transformed the existing
social order by embracing radical politics. Schlotterbeck examines the lost opportunities
for creating a democratic revolution and the ways that the legacy of this period
continues to resonate in Chile and beyond.
Sponsored by the Political Science Department, co-sponsored by Latin American and Latino/a Studies and International Studies.
Political Science Department