Event Title

Los Carabineros de Chile: The Evolving Identity of the Chilean National Police Force and the 1973 Coup

Presenter Information

Jeffrey Lamson, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 223

Start Date

1-5-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:30 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

This paper examines the evolving identity of the Carabineros, the national police force in Chile, between their creation in 1927 and their participation in a military coup against President Salvador Allende in 1973. President Carlos Ibez founded the Carabineros during one of the most politically unstable periods in Chiles history. The original purpose of this institution was to act as a deterrent against military intervention in politics. Thus, this honors project examines why the Carabineros joined the 1973 coup against President Allendes socialist government. My research involves primary sources from the national archive in Santiago, Chile and focuses on the evolving relationship between the Carabineros and the military, Marxist labor movements and the governments that the institution served.

Faculty Sponsor

Elizabeth Leonard

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. History Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

210

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Los Carabineros de Chile: The Evolving Identity of the Chilean National Police Force and the 1973 Coup

Diamond 223

This paper examines the evolving identity of the Carabineros, the national police force in Chile, between their creation in 1927 and their participation in a military coup against President Salvador Allende in 1973. President Carlos Ibez founded the Carabineros during one of the most politically unstable periods in Chiles history. The original purpose of this institution was to act as a deterrent against military intervention in politics. Thus, this honors project examines why the Carabineros joined the 1973 coup against President Allendes socialist government. My research involves primary sources from the national archive in Santiago, Chile and focuses on the evolving relationship between the Carabineros and the military, Marxist labor movements and the governments that the institution served.

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