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Poets and Prophets of the Resistance: Intellectuals and the Origins of El Salvador's Civil War

Joaquín M. Chávez


One of the most potent insurgencies in twentieth-century Latin American history emerged in El Salvador in the 1970s. This book examines the trajectories of urban and peasant intellectuals who articulated the movement’s ideology and politics in the context of the Cold War in Latin America. Between 1960 and 1980, these intellectuals embodied an ethos of resistance that blended multiple political, religious, and cultural traditions. They drew on cultures of resistance deeply rooted in the country’s history as well as poetry and religion to spark urban and rural mobilizations against oligarchic-mi ... More

Keywords: El Salvador’s civil war, intellectuals, university students, peasant movements, teachers, Catholic Church history, poets, revolutionary pedagogy, guerrillas, state terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199315512
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199315512.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joaquín M. Chávez, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago