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The Journal of Latin American Studies has reviewed Revolutionary Horizons: Popular Struggle in Bolivia by Forrest Hylton and Sinclair Thomson in Volume 41, Issue 2:
In Dunkerley’s book there is no arc of history (…) Dunkerley celebrates the very haphazardness of history by presenting the essays in reverse chronological order and furthermore by providing the reader with neither an introduction nor conclusion, whether out of modesty or mischievousness I am not entirely sure (…) Dunkerley presents a history of the present, or perhaps more correctly, a series of histories of the present: the past irrupts into the present in unpredictable ways. The history of Bolivia may certainly be conflict (Zavaleta) but, as Dunkerley insists, ‘it is not always presented to us in predictable form’ (p. 13) (…) For Dunkerley, history is clearly a messy business and Bolivian history especially so; the way to appreciate it is in the detail. He eschews the grand narrative and delves into the minutiae of events, such as a midnight embrace in 2003 between miner and soldier that ends in the fall of a government; the fact that new recruits in 1951 were drilling to accompany the corpse of Abaroa from Chile and were therefore unprepared for peasant militias; the US Airforce insignia that saved Barrientos from a mortal bullet and so on. In these small but significant details Dunkerley delights .”
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