The 1989 Coup d'Étát in Paraguay

The End of a Long Dictatorship, 1954-1989

Antonio Luis Sapienza

The year 1989 was crucial for Paraguay. After a long period of 35 years of dictatorship, General Alfredo Stroessner was finally overthrown by a violent coup d'état. In a sort of prophetic way, he once said …”I came to power by arms and I will only leave by arms” and that came true on 2 February of that year.

The 1989 Coup d'état in Paraguay discus
Date Published :
April 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Latin America@War
Illustration :
82 photos, 15-18 artworks, 4 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781911628699
Pages : 64
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
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Overview
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The year 1989 was crucial for Paraguay. After a long period of 35 years of dictatorship, General Alfredo Stroessner was finally overthrown by a violent coup d’état. In a sort of prophetic way, he once said …”I came to power by arms and I will only leave by arms” and that came true on 2 February of that year.

The 1989 Coup d’état in Paraguay discusses Stroessner’s climb to power during a coup of 1954, fraudulent elections that got him re-elected seven times, and the ways Stroessner kept himself afloat through cooperation with the armed forces, a right-wing political party, and the USA. Arguably, longing to maintain his popularity, the dictator launched a large number of major development projects, including construction of roads, water and sewage facilities, three big hydro-electrical power stations, and a build-up of an airline. At the same time, abuse of human rights and oppression of any kind of political opposition became a norm: dozens of political prisoners were tortured and even executed, and thousands driven into exile.

As could be expected from a dictator with a military background, Stroessner prompted a major expansion and a build-up of the armed forces and the police, too. Nevertheless, it was the armed forces of Paraguay that brought about his demise: the coup that finally ended Stroessner’s rule was planned by General Andres Rodriguez, the Commander of the I Army Corps – and then with full support of large segments of the Army, Air Force and the Navy of Paraguay.

A detailed description of the coup in question, and how Stroessner was driven into exile in Brazil, is the centrepiece of this narrative.

Thirty years since the fall of Stroessner’s regime, many things have changed in Paraguay: still, many remain the same.

Containing over 100 photographs, colour profiles, maps and extensive tables, ‘The 1989 Coup d’etat in Paraguay’ is a unique study and a source of reference about an important episode in Latin American history.

About The Author
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Antonio Luis Sapienza Fracchia was born in Asunción, Paraguay on 14th May 1960. He graduated from the Catholic University of Asunción where he got a B.A. in Clinical Psychology. He also took specialized English courses at Tulane University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and San Diego State University in California. He is at present an English Teacher and one of the Academic Coordinators at the Centro Cultural Paraguayo-Americano (CCPA), a binational institute in Asunción. Married with two children, he resides in the capital. In his function as an aviation historian, Sapienza became a founding member of the Instituto Paraguayo de Historia Aeronáutica “Silvio Pettirossi”, and wrote more than 500 related articles for specialised press around the world. Sapienza has received five decorations for his academic merits, and published eleven books. This is his third instalment for Helion.

REVIEWS
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“Maps, tables, extended captions, and references support the study. But as events in Venezuela currently confirm, collapse of Stroessner’s régime did not mark the “last surviving dictatorship in South America”. I loved this page-turner. If you follow the military’s role in Latin American politics, grab this intriguing, illuminating case study. Recommended!”

- Cybermodeler

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