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The Central American common market experiment came nowhere close to equalling the economic expansion and diversification enjoyed by most South American countries, either independently or, as today, in concert. Expansion of the middle sectors contributed proportionately to more political instability in South America than it did in the north. So did expansion of electorates. An essentially pre-First World War society maintained itself in most of the circum-Caribbean until 24 Foreign Influences on the South American Military after the Second World War, by which time the differences between European-oriented South Americans and US influenced Caribbeans and Central Americans were easily discernible.
But as John Keegan 39 P. ), The Soldier and the State in South America © Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2001 40 War, Society and the State has shrewdly pointed out, the military historian ought to look at the way the army performs the tasks for which it is intended, that is fighting, and holding up under duress. This can be done most fruitfully by looking at the way the individual soldier behaves on and about the battlefield (see Keegan, 1976; Holmes, 1986). Besides the social and psychological approach to military history as advocated by Keegan and Holmes, there is a parallel approach analysing the relations between war and society, or armed forces and society, pioneered by George Clark, Piero Pieri and André Corvisier in the 1950s.
Expansion of the middle sectors contributed proportionately to more political instability in South America than it did in the north. So did expansion of electorates. An essentially pre-First World War society maintained itself in most of the circum-Caribbean until 24 Foreign Influences on the South American Military after the Second World War, by which time the differences between European-oriented South Americans and US influenced Caribbeans and Central Americans were easily discernible. Although strides toward professionalism were made in the north, then, fiscal resources, US influence and different paces of social, economic, political and cultural development precluded the attainment of levels of professional development so historically characteristic of southern South America.
The Soldier and the State in South America: Essays in Civil-Military Relations by Patricio Silva (eds.)