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Master of Arts (MA)
Lopez, A. Ricardo, 1974-
Leonard, Kevin Allen, 1964-
The Cold War in Latin America has been widely studied, as has the impact of the proliferation of Multi-National Corporations which specialized in export agriculture such as coffee and bananas. In Guatemala, much has been written about the 1954 coup supported by the United States, and its basis in the U.S. government and corporate aversion to a 1952 land reform bill known as Decree 900. The coup reversed Decree 900, but the political vestiges of land reform, through peasant organization and empowerment remained, and ultimately this led to changes in the relationships that social actors had with Guatemalan land. Examining primary documents including governmental reports from the Guatemalan government, U.S. government and U.S. governmental agencies along with two memoirs of indigenous peoples, this thesis shows a deeper, more complete view of complex and nuanced power relationships than traditional binary models have shown in the past.
Western Washington University
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Fuhrman, Kate J. (Kate Jolene), "A "Natural" history of land in cold war Guatemala, 1951-1985" (2012). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 233.