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Unformatted text preview: History 262 Modern Latin America March 22, 2007 For the Fatherland: Latin Americas Military in the Twentieth Century Consequence of 19 th century wars was militarization o Military could be a source of upward social mobility Some peasants became presidents of countries after becoming important officers in the military 19 th century 2 groups that had stability in 19 th century Latin America o 1. Military o 2. Church 20 th century traditional elites wanted to find a way to further stabilize Latin American countries o They decided to unify and modernize national militaries o Looked toward Germany or France for models of professional armies Professionalizing the army o Money Train soldiers Pay soldiers Buy equipment Middle class sees the military as a way to rise to the upper class Military becomes a national institution in Latin America where almost nothing is nationalized or unified nationally o Military adopts a purpose to defend the fatherland...
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- Spring '07