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Journey to Indo-América
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The American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) was a Peruvian political party that played an important role in the development of the Latin American left during the first half of the 1900s. In Journey to Indo-América, GenevieÌve Dorais examines how and why the anti-imperialist project of APRA took root outside of Peru as well as how APRA's struggle for political survival in Peru shaped its transnational consciousness. Dorais convincingly argues that APRA's history can only be understood properly within this transnational framework, and through the collective efforts of transnational organization rather than through an exclusive emphasis on political figures like APRA leader, Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre. Tracing circuits of exile and solidarity through Latin America, the United States, and Europe, Dorais seeks to deepen our appreciation of APRA's ideological production through an exploration of the political context in which its project of hemispheric unity emerged.

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‘In this engaging and well-researched book, Geneviève Dorais shows convincingly that we need to broaden our scope beyond the national, as well as beyond hagiographic and demonising narratives, if we are to understand the history of APRA, one of Latin America’s most important political movements.’

Paulo Drinot - Professor of Latin American History, University College London

‘Dorais’ book is an outstanding methodological and conceptual contribution to understanding twentieth century Latin American political processes beyond national boundaries. The APRA’s experience is a tremendous point of departure in writing the history of the Latin Americanist left.’

Aldo Marchesi - Universidad de la República

‘Geneviève Dorais has written a model transnational history, showing how local and global politics determine each other. Drawing on a remarkable range of archives across three continents, Dorais casts new light on the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance, as it mutated from a radical and influential movement around Latin America to an embattled centrist political party in Peru.’

Sinclair Thomson - New York University

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