9 May 2018: Pinochet in Prague

You are cordially invited to the next CEES.center talk:

Pinochet in Prague: Latin American Neoliberalism and (Post-)Socialist Eastern Europe

    • Date: Wednesday 9 May, 2018
    • Time: 16:00-18:00
    • Venue: Institute for History, Doelensteeg, 16, 2311 VL Leiden, Huizinga Building, Conference room (2nd floor)

The ‘Chilean model’

After stepping down as Chilean president in 1990, Augusto Pinochet, still comandante-en-jefe of the Chilean Army until 1998, turned into an avid traveller around the world. As the former dictator had developed into a potent symbol of Cold War anti-communism, authoritarianism, and market radicalism, his visits usually made a great stir. While he faced much resistance and even legal persecution in Western Europe, Pinochet enjoyed an astonishing degree of popularity across postsocialist Eastern Europe, where, for some, his ‘Chilean model’ had become a source of inspiration for an authoritarian path of modernisation of their own countries. Indeed, an Eastern European interest in Latin American political economy predated the fall of state socialism. The geography and chronology of the ‘neoliberal revolution’ in Eastern Europe may thus need some rethinking: the global spread and implementation of neoliberal ideas from the 1970s was not exclusively a Western-led phenomenon.

The speaker

Tobias Rupprecht is Lecturer in Latin American and Caribbean History at Exeter University. He completed his PhD at the European University Institute, Florence in 2014. In 2016 he held visiting professorships at the Pontificia Universidad Católica (Santiago de Chile) and at Fudan University (Shanghai). He is author of the book Soviet Internationalism after Stalin. Interaction and Exchange between the USSR and Latin America during the Cold War (Cambridge UP 2017), and co-author (with James Mark) of the forthcoming book Europe’s 1989 in Global Perspective (contracted to appear with Cambridge UP in 2019).

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