1960s: Revolution in Latin America

The Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm was prescient in predicting an uprising in Colombia which lasts to this day

The World Today Updated 4 January 2021 Published 12 June 2015 3 minute READ

In June 1963 The World Today carried a long article entitled ‘The Revolutionary Situation in Colombia’. It was written by Eric Hobsbawm who visited South America on a three-month fellowship paid for by the Rockefeller Foundation. The article had first been presented to the Latin American Study Group at Chatham House convened by Claudio Véliz.

This study group produced two books – Obstacles to Change in Latin America (1965) and The Politics of Conformity in Latin America (1967) – in which leading scholars of the region from around the world addressed a series of contemporary issues.

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