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      Towards a global history of the Unidad Popular

      Radical Americas

      UCL Press

      Chile, Unidad Popular, revolution, counter-revolution, Cold War, transnational networks, exile, Third-Worldism

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          Our understanding of the international and transnational history of Chile during the Unidad Popular (UP) government has expanded considerably since the early 2010s. But what has new research contributed to our understanding of events in Chile and Chile’s significance in a global context? Examining the historiographical advances and questions that have driven scholarship in recent years, this article argues that international and transnational studies that focus attention on Chile and Chileans can offer new perspectives on the rise and fall of the UP. Rather than reducing international histories to an account of a select group of foreigners acting on an empty Chilean stage, these approaches foreground local actors and processes, exploring the extent to which Chileans were shaped by a multiplicity of interactions, invitations and inspirations across borders. Localising the global in this way can help us understand the reasons many within Chile conceptualised their goals, projects and actions as they did. It challenges the idea of Chilean exceptionalism. It also undermines right-wing actors’ claims to be acting solely within national frameworks by revealing their own entanglements in translational networks and intellectual imports. Suggesting that we have much still to learn, the article also highlights possible avenues for further research and reflects on the contemporary relevance of the global in Chilean political discourse today.

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                Journal
                RA
                Radical Americas
                UCL Press
                2399-4606
                01 June 2021
                May 2021
                : 9
                : 5
                Affiliations
                Associate Professor, Department of International History, London School of Economics, London, UK; t.harmer@ 123456lse.ac.uk
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                RA-6-4
                10.14324/111.444.ra.2021.v6.1.004
                © 2021, Tanya Harmer.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited • DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.ra.2021.v6.1.004.

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                Harmer, T. ‘Towards a global history of the Unidad Popular’. Radical Americas 6, 1 (2021): 4. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.ra.2021.v6.1.004.

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