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Transpacific Solidarities: A Mexican Case Study On The Diffusion Of Maoism In Latin America

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The study of the diffusion of Maoist ideas in Mexico contributes to the understanding of how radical ideologies traveled within Latin America in the post-World War Two period and helps uncover a key component in the history of Latin American social movements and guerrilla warfare. This chapter examines the formation of Maoism in Mexico as a case study in the adaptation of Maoism in Latin America. In drawing lessons from the Chinese Revolution, Mexican Maoists' thinking reflected a belief in "revolutionary asynchronicity". As in the case of the Chinese Communist Party's early imitation of Soviet modernization policies and belief that it would face tribulations similar to those faced by the young Soviet Union, Maoists in Mexico displayed a similar "revolutionary asynchronicity" in their understanding of how their political struggle would unfold. One might note that liberalism has also taken awkward, imitative forms in Latin America as well.

Keywords: Chinese Revolution; guerrilla warfare; Latin American social movements; Mexican Maoists



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