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Forgotten Peace: Reform, Violence, and the Making of Contemporary Colombia

Robert A. Karl


This book examines Colombian society's attempt to move beyond the Western Hemisphere's worst mid-century conflict and shows how that effort molded notions of belonging and understandings of the past. The book reconstructs encounters between government officials, rural peoples, provincial elites, and urban intellectuals during a crucial conjuncture that saw reformist optimism transform into alienation. In addition to offering a sweeping reinterpretation of Colombian history—including the most detailed account of the origins of the FARC insurgency in any language—the book provides a Colombian va ... More

Keywords: Colombian history, FARC insurgency, democratic transition, 1950s, 1960s, violence, Latin America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293922
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Karl, author
Princeton University