Selling Souls: The Economic Supporters of the "Dirty War"
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
From 1976 to 1983 Argentina faced one of the darkest times in the countries history when a military regime took power and waged an infamous campaign against suspected left-wing political opponents during the so-called "Dirty War". This is a time when state terror was a part of everyday life for the Argentine’s as they were oppressed by a military regime that ruled by fear. Initially people supported the regime because the military argued that bringing order to the country was necessary, but most people were unaware of the murder, kidnapping, and torture the regime exercised against thousands of civilians. These horrific human rights violations happened in part because of the support of some important economic and political sectors in Argentina as well as other countries. Much of the scholarship has paid attention to the characteristics of the military regime, the international context in which the regime took off, and, mainly to the thousands of students, unionist, political activist tortured or disappeared by the regime; however few scholars have studied those members of the society who supported the regime and allowed it to stay in power for about six years. Building on this literature, this research explores the economic relations that the government established with eleven different companies who provided critical supplies from armored automobiles to weapons for the government’s operation. My project not only gives light to an aspect that has been little explored previously; but it will offer a more complex analysis of the Argentinean dictatorship as it looks to understand why members of the civil society agreed with the regime.
ARGENTINABUSINESSBUSINESS SUPPORTDIRTY WARECONOMIC SUPPORTSUPPORT
Latin American Studies
Weeks, GregHyland, Steven
Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2016.
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