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(see also Bolivia: Amazon Region)

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CIA World Factbook. Includes map.

Library of Congress Country Profile.

New Internationalist Profile.

UN Development Program, Human Development Indicators.

World Guide.

On the Web: Articles

Why Bolivia Matters. Laura Carlsen, ZNet (2/16/08)

Bolivian Crisis Deepens. Luis A. Gómez, La Jornada [Counterpunch] (11/18/04).

Bolivia: The Way Forward. Tom Lewis, International Socialist Review 36 (7-8/04).

A New Day for Bolivia. Jim Schultz, NACLA Report (10/30/03).

The IMF & the Bolivian Crisis. Tom Kruse, ZNet (10/15/03).

Unrest & Civil Strife in the Andes: A Product of Non-Inclusion & Failed US Policies. Chris Strunk & Matthew Hendricks, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (10/30/03).

Bolivia's Gas Warfare Becomes Explosive. James Koehler, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (10/14/03).

Rioting in Bolivia Kills 20: President Under Pressure. Luis Bolivar & Kevin G. Hall, San Jose Mercury (2/14/03). Forced eradication of coca crops & recently imposed income tax spur opposition led by Evo Morales of the Movimiento al Socialismo.

Neoliberal Policies Big Loser in Bolivian Elections. Jimmy Langman, Foreign Policy in Focus (7/4/02).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Bolivian Studies Association.

Bolivia Web.

Countrywatch: Bolivia.

Democracy Center (Cochabamba).

Evo Morales (Wikipedia). Leader of cocalero movement against US drug war policies.

Human Rights Watch: Bolivia.

Ibermundo Bolivia.

Indymedia Bolivia.

Resource Center of the Americas.

Viva Bolivia.

WWW Virtual Library.

ZNet Bolivia Watch.

In the Library: Articles

Assies, Willem. "David vs. Goliath in Cochabamba: water rights, neoliberalism & the revival of social protest in Bolivia," Latin American Perspectives 30,3 (5/03).

Barrios de Chungara, Domitila. Articles from Aquí también Domitila trans. in Partnoy, Alicia. You Can't Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile (San Francisco: Cleis, 1988).

Domínguez, Jorge I. & Christopher N. Mitchell. "The roads not taken: institutionalization & political parties in Cuba & Bolivia," Comparative Politics 9,2 (1/77):173-96.

Finnegan, William. "Leasing the rain," New Yorker (4/8/02):43-53.

Gotkowitz, Laura. "Trading insults: honor, violence & the gendered culture of commerce in Cochabamba, Bolivia, 187021-1950s," Hispanic American Historical Review 83,1 (2/03):83-118.

Patch, Richard W. "Peasantry & national revolution: Bolivia," in Kalman Silvert (ed.) Expectant Peoples: Nationalism & Development (NY: Vintage, 1967), pp. 95-126. Useful background.

Scott, Rebecca. "Economic aid & imperialism in Bolivia," Monthly Review 24,1 (5/72):48-60.

Shultz, Jim. "Bolivia: the water war widens," NACLA Report 36,3 (1-2/03):34-37.

Ungar, Mark "Contested Battlefields: Policing in Caracas & La Paz," NACLA Report (9-10/03):30-36.

Zunes, Stephen. "The US & Bolivia. The taming of a revolution, 1952-1957," Latin American Perspectives 28,5 (9/01):33-49.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Alexander, Robert J. The Bolivian National Revolution (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 1958).

Barrios de Chungara, Domitila with Moema Viezzer. Si me permiten hablar...: testimonio de una mujer de las minas de Bolivia [Let Me Speak! Testimony of Domitila, a Woman of the Bolivian Mines] (México: Siglo XXI, 1976; English trans. NY: Monthly Review, 1978).

Goldstein, Daniel M. The Spectacular City: Violence & Performance in Urban Bolivia (Durham NC: Duke, 2004).

Gott, Richard. Guerrilla Movements in Latin America (NY: Anchor, 1972), chap. 5. Bolivian guerrilla movements of 1960s.

Guevara, Che. The Diary of Che Guevara. Bolivia: 11/7/66-10/7/67 (San Francisco: Ramparts, 1968).

Healy, Kevin. Llamas, Weavings & Organic Chocolate. Multicultural Grassroots Development in the Andes & Amazon of Bolivia (Notre Dame IN: U. Notre Dame, 199?).

Lagos, Maria L. Autonomy & Power. The Dynamics of Class & Culture in Rural Bolivia (Phildelphia: U. Pennsylvania, 1994).

Malloy, James M. & Richard S. Thorn (eds.) Beyond the Revolution: Bolivia since 1952 (Pittsburgh: U. of Pittsburgh, 1971). Still-useful introduction to political, economic & cultural transformations of 50s & 60s, agrarian reform & US intervention.

McEwen, William J. Changing Rural Society: A Study of Communities in Bolivia (NY: Oxford, 1975).

In the Library: For Young Readers

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In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Courage of the People" [1971], dir. Jorge Sanjines, 90m. From Cinema Guild. Dramatic reenactment of 1967 massacre on 'Night of San Juan,' when army attacked striking tin miners.

"The Devil's Miner" [2005], dir. Keif Davidson & Richard Ladkani, ?m.

"I Spent My Life in the Mines" [1977], dir. June Nash & E. Ibáñez, 40m. From Cinema Guild. Profile of a Bolivian miner which chronicles political history of 20th-c. Bolivia.

"The Music of the Devil, the Bear, and th Condor" [1989], dir. ?, 52m. From Cinema Guild. Portrays atmosphere of annual music festivals, including Aymara Indian ceremonies.

"Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara?" [2001], dir. E. Gandii & T. Saleh, 60m. Interviews with Che's ex-lieutenant & presumed betrayer Ciro Bustos, Bolivian army officers, CIA agents & historians raise serious questions about how history is written.

"The Water Is Ours, Damn It" [2000?], dir. ?, ?m. Cochabamba water protests.

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