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To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression, and Memory in El Salvador, 1920–1932 (review)

To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression, and Memory in El Salvador, 1920–1932 (review) To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression, and Memory in El Salvador, 1920 ­1932. By jeffrey l. gould and aldo a. lauriasantiago. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2008. 400 pp. $89.95 (cloth); $24.95 (paper). To Rise in Darkness offers a critical reassessment of the dramatic events leading to the 1932 rebellion and repression in El Salvador. These two political events (the 1932 popular uprising and state-sponsored massacre) offer key subjects of study because the popular revolt represents one of the largest uprisings in Latin America during the Great Depression and the state violence that immediately followed stands out as one of the most horrific acts of state repression witnessed in the western hemisphere in the twentieth century. This impressive monograph provides yet another piece of the puzzle that dozens of scholars have attempted to unravel over the past forty years in terms of which social groups participated in the revolt and their motivations as well as why the Salvadoran state and landed classes vehemently responded with a repressive force way out of proportion to the size of the rebellion. The authors carried out more than two hundred interviews with massacre survivors and their families in western El Salvador. This http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression, and Memory in El Salvador, 1920–1932 (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 20 (4) – Dec 23, 2009

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To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression, and Memory in El Salvador, 1920 ­1932. By jeffrey l. gould and aldo a. lauriasantiago. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2008. 400 pp. $89.95 (cloth); $24.95 (paper). To Rise in Darkness offers a critical reassessment of the dramatic events leading to the 1932 rebellion and repression in El Salvador. These two political events (the 1932 popular uprising and state-sponsored massacre) offer key subjects of study because the popular revolt represents one of the largest uprisings in Latin America during the Great Depression and the state violence that immediately followed stands out as one of the most horrific acts of state repression witnessed in the western hemisphere in the twentieth century. This impressive monograph provides yet another piece of the puzzle that dozens of scholars have attempted to unravel over the past forty years in terms of which social groups participated in the revolt and their motivations as well as why the Salvadoran state and landed classes vehemently responded with a repressive force way out of proportion to the size of the rebellion. The authors carried out more than two hundred interviews with massacre survivors and their families in western El Salvador. This

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Published: Dec 23, 2009

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