2011 S3: Heidi Fegel

Exploring the Institutional and Ideological Sources of Guatemalan Military Interventionism

What explains the Guatemalan military’s intervention in politics and its eventual take over of the government in 1963? One answer is ideology, and if ideology matters, than it would make sense to look at the education of interventionist officers in Guatemala.  To find the link between education and militarism, we spent two months sifting through recently declassified military documents in the Archivo Central de Centroamérica in Guatemala City. This poster presentation describes the biggest challenges and key finds as we dug through documents, piecing together the fragments and shards of information we uncovered. It will also discuss life and learning outside the archive and how they affected the research experience.

Faculty Mentor: Andrew Schlewitz, Latin American Studies