Intellectuals and Left Politics in Uruguay, 1958-2006: Frustrated Dialogue

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Beginning with the year Uruguayans elected a different party into government for the first time in nearly a century, author Stephen Gregory examines the intellectuals' role in the Uruguayan left's drive toward unity and effectiveness. Discussion focuses on fragmentation and impotence on the left, frustrated attempts at the left's unity in the 1960s, the creation of the center-left Broad Front in 1971, and the defeat of all left endeavors and all dialogue in the 1973 military coup - a prelude to a twelve-year dictatorship in which the military substituted themselves for intellectuals. The story continues in 1985, reversing the earlier trend in a record of dispersal and diversity. The author details the initial post-authoritarian anarchic cultural outburst - part celebration, part frustration; the intellectuals' role in the disputes that accompanied the Broad Front's move from democratic socialism to social democracy, and from opposition to government in 2004; and recent excursions into the long-standing Uruguayan obsession with its identity and viability as an independent nation. This book is essential reading for all those interested in interplay between intellectuals and politics in Latin America, changes in the Latin American left since the 1960s, and the leftward drift of elected governments in the Southern Cone.

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Stephen Gregory is an honorary research fellow in the school of languages and linguistics at the University of New South Wales.

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“Via consideration of published scholarship and archival materials, Gregory examines the evolution of intellectuals’ engagement in political life and public debate over an eventful half century in Uruguay. . . . Gregory’s ambitious attempt to synthesize five decades of debate, literary criticism, political mobilization, and political reorganization in 159 pages makes this book more accessible to readers already familiar with Uruguayan politics. Gregory’s monograph is best suited for graduate students and faculty interested in the interpretation of political texts.”  —Choice

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