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The Peace Corps in South America

Volunteers and the Global War on Poverty in the 1960s

Authors: Purcell, Fernando

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  • Offers a new perspective on how the global Cold War impacted local communities in South America
  • Focuses on how local actors and agencies shaped the experiences of Peace Corps volunteers, and in turn the Peace Corps itself, its training strategies, and its relationships with foreign institutions worldwide
  • Examines Peace Corps volunteers as intermediaries, rather than unidirectional agents of American influence
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In the 1960s, twenty-thousand young Americans landed in South America to serve as Peace Corps volunteers. The program was hailed by President John F. Kennedy and by volunteers themselves as an exceptional initiative to end global poverty. In practice, it was another front for fighting the Cold War and promoting American interests in the Global South. This book examines how this ideological project played out on the ground as volunteers encountered a range of local actors and agencies engaged in anti-poverty efforts of their own. As they negotiated the complexities of community intervention, these volunteers faced conflicts and frustrations, struggled to adapt, and gradually transformed the Peace Corps of the 1960s into a truly global, decentralized institution. Drawing on letters, diaries, reports, and newsletters created by volunteers themselves, Fernando Purcell shows how their experiences offer an invaluable perspective on local manifestations of the global Cold War.

About the authors

Fernando Purcell is Professor of History at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He earned his PhD from the University of California, Davis, USA, and is the author of several books on US-Latin American relations.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-24808-6
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-24807-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Peace Corps in South America
Book Subtitle
Volunteers and the Global War on Poverty in the 1960s
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24808-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24808-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24807-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 180
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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