Dr. Marian Schlotterbeck: How to Build a Revolution from the Bottom Up: Lessons from Allende's Chile, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m., Charles E. Merrill Lounge

November 06, 2019

By , RCA Director 

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Join us to welcome Dr. Marian Schlotterbeck (Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis) for a presentation about her recently published book Beyond the Vanguard: Everyday Revolutionaries in Allende’s Chile(University of California Press, 2018). 


For a thousand days in the early 1970s, Chileans experienced revolution not as a dream but as daily life. Alongside Salvador Allende’s attempt to democratically bring about a socialist regime, new understandings of the meaning of revolutionary change emerged. In her groundbreaking book Beyond the Vanguard, Marian E. Schlotterbeck explores popular politics in Chile in the decade before Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship and provides an in-depth account of how working-class people transformed the existing social order by embracing radical politics. Schlotterbeck eloquently examines the lost opportunities for creating a democratic revolution and the ways that the legacy of this period continues to resonate in Chile and beyond.

schlotterbeck-marian-sq.jpgMarian Schlotterbeck is Associate Professor of Latin American history at the University of California, Davis. Her first book, Beyond the Vanguard: Everyday Revolutionaries in Allende’s Chile (University of California Press, 2018), is about radical politics in the decade before the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990). Her current research, "Minor Characters: A History of Childhood in Pinochet's Chile," examines the Chilean military dictatorship (1973-1990) through the lens of childhood.  Situated at the nexus of social and cultural history, she looks at how children experienced and perceived political, economic, social, and cultural change taking place in authoritarian Chile.