Chile Under Allende and Pinochet: Sources (HIH3202)
Considering its size and geographical remoteness, the small pacific nation of Chile played an astonishing role in geopolitics, and it contributed to the way in which socialists, liberals and nationalists worldwide made sense of the Cold War. Chile was the first country that democratically elected a Marxist president, and Chile, after the 1973 putsch, was also the first country that introduced neoliberal economic policies, almost a decade before Thatcher in the UK and Reagan in the US. In this module, we will look at the political, social and cultural history of Chile under Salvador Allende and Augusto Pinochet. We will especially focus on recently declassified sources on international interest in, and support for, authoritarian-capitalist rule in Chile.