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European Solidarity with Chile – 1970s – 1980s


Edited By Kim Christiaens, Idesbald Goddeeris and Magaly Rodríguez García

The overthrow of the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende and the coming to power of a military regime led by Augusto Pinochet on 11 September 1973 drew worldwide attention towards Chile. The political repression shook the world and ignited one of the largest social movements of the 1970s and 80s. Hundreds of solidarity committees and a gamut of human rights and justice organizations mobilized thousands of people. This volume offers a compelling insight into the exceptional impact that the Chilean crisis made in Western and Eastern Europe. In doing so, it provides a new and broader perspective into the history of the Cold War, transnational activism, and human rights.
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European solidarity with Chile, 1970s-1980s / Kim Christiaens, Idesbald Goddeeris, Magaly Rodríguez García (eds.).      pages cm. - (Studies in political transition, ISSN 2191-3307 ; volume 3)   Includes bibliographical references.  ISBN 978-3-631-62976-5 (print) - ISBN 978-3-653-04659-5 (e-book) 1. Europe- Relations-Chile. 2. Chile-Relations-Europe. 3. Chile-Politics and government- 1973-1988. 4. Political persecution-Chile-History-20th century. 5. Human rights-Chile-History-20th century. 6. Social movements-Europe-History-20th century. 7. Political activists-Europe-History-20th century. 8. Solidarity- Political aspects-Europe-History-20th century. 9. Transnationalism-History- 20th century. 10. Cold War. I. Christiaens, Kim, 1985- II. Goddeeris, Idesbald, 1972- III. Rodríguez García, Magaly, 1973-D1065.C47E87 2014303.48’2830409046-dc23


This publication was financially supportedby the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO).

Cover illustration: From a postcard displaying a reproduction of a poster that was spread in Chile during the Unidad Popular rule with the text ‘The copper is Chilean. At the occasion of the nationalization of the copper mines in 1972’. The postcard was published in Belgium for a campaign in support of the Chilean trade union opposition in the early 1980s.(Archives Oxfam-Belgium, Brussels)

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