The RILAS research seminar on Thurs 15 Dec will be given by

Professor James Dunkerley, OBE (School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London)

“The Bolivian Revolution at 60: Politics and Historiography”

This talk reviews the scholarly and political reputation of Bolivia’s National Revolution of April 1952 in the light of political developments in that country over the last decade, particularly under the government of Evo Morales and MAS since 2006.

For many, the MNR regime of 1952-64 was an unremarkable “developmentalist” project that “incorporated” Bolivia’s majority indigenous population into a mestizo-dominated republic under the denomination of campesino, failing to move beyond nationalization of the major mines, an agrarian reform forced upon it in the valleys and altiplano, and formal universal suffrage in an effective one-party state. Others, however, contend that the MNR reforms and the degree of popular mobilisation went deeper and produced more social change than recognised by either the traditional left and right or the contemporary supporters of MAS. Indeed, they suggest that many of the progressive developments in the 21st century have their roots in those of the 1950s, which need to be re-evaluated in the light of the obstacles experienced by the Morales government.

The seminar begins at 4pm in the LAS Building (86 Bedford St. South) in Lecture Room Three.

All Welcome! Wine Reception to Follow