Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6415-9617

Date of Award

5-2-2022

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

History

First Advisor

J. T. Way

Second Advisor

Ian C. Fletcher

Third Advisor

John McMillian

Abstract

Between 1964 and 1973, Chile underwent a revolution that culminated with the overthrow and death of Salvador Allende, the world’s first democratically-elected socialist head of state. During that period, revolutionary Chileans imagined themselves as part of a radical democratization process that sought a legal road to socialism over armed struggle. They also imagined themselves as part of a larger, global anti-imperialist movement, and joined the rest of the world’s people in repudiation of U.S. military intervention in Southeast Asia. I explore revolutionary Chilean solidarity with the people of Vietnam by deeply analyzing various cultural forms produced by Chilean writers, musicians, and graphic artists, against a backdrop of national social and political developments. In doing so, I aim to capture the mood of revolutionary Chileans when solidarity with the people of Vietnam became increasingly entwined with Chilean interests as U.S. intervention in Chilean affairs became imminent. This study examines the role of poetry, musical lyrics and performances, and visual ephemera, as these cultural forms intersected with street demonstrations, student encounters, and political meetings to offer support to the Vietnamese people struggling for self-determination.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31922/28894745

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