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Ché Guevara’s existence, and relationship with revolution4
The Cuban Revolution8
The Influence of Ché Guevara on Latin America12
I decided to write this research paper because we were assigned to find an issue or subject within Latin America to write about. One of the most widely known and influential revolutionary figure in the history of Latin America is Ché Guevara. Ché knew how to use his intelligence and judgment in all the circumstances he encountered taking advantage of each moment as if it was a highly intensive chess game he was sincerely devoted to. The life Ché Guevara chose was a perfect resemblance of a man offered the chance to decide his own destiny, while embracing this challenge with all his passion. There has been much debate about what Ché actually represented—stood for, and what his impacts have been throughout the region of Latin America. Exactly this controversy has given me a tremendous interest to actually research and conclude for myself what this ironic symbol of revolution his intentions truly were. Moreover, I try to find out what the effects of his ideology has been in Latin America. If it indeed had an impact or if it was just one’s infatuation with one’s believe and resulted in no understanding of one’s true meaning—message. If it triggered other revolutions In Latin America to take place whether successful or not. So, in other words, did the revolution of Ché Guevara have an impact on Latin America?
What is a revolution? In order to be able to answer this question, we must first get a comprehensive understanding of the word revolution. What does revolution mean and what can be understood from it. The word revolution is derived from the Latin work revolutio, “a turnaround”. Revolution, in general, relatively seen, is a rare but commonly studied vaguely understood ancient concept. It refers to a political rotation that replaces those in power with a previously dispossessed class of people. In fact, the term is often misrepresented to refer to any coup or change of power so that it loses its meaning. Some historians will limit the usage of revolution to extraordinary events such as the English or French revolution. Others may state that the social changes that occurred during the modernization or industrial revolution were more significant than those related with politics in order to be truly called a revolution. Subsequently, we cannot really claim what the true conception of revolution should be. Interpretations of its causes and how revolutions have developed in Latin America tend to revolve around the question of who is most likely to rebel. Writing in a European context, Karl Marx (1818-1883) contended that an urban proletariat would lead to revolutionary changes. Karl Marx considered Latin America, with its lack of an advanced industrial economy, to be not ready for a revolution. However, this is very contradicting with perhaps the fact that in the 20th century Latin America has faced more revolutions than in any other continent in the world. More important, one of the most moving revolutions that took place in Latin America is the Cuban Revolution, in which Ché Guevara was the brain of the revolution; power behind Fidel Castro’s dictatorship.
Ché Guevara’s existence, and relationship with revolution Ché Guevara was born Ernesto Guevara de la Serna on 14 June 1928, in Rosario, north-east of the Argentinean capital, Buenos Aires. His nickname “Ché” wasn’t acquired until many years later from his Cuban comrade Ñico Lopez in Guatemala. His parents (Ernesto Guevara Lynch, and Celia de la Serna) had 5 children, making Ernesto the eldest of his siblings. His mother was strong-willed and passionate about ideas, particularly French culture. She had met his father while at university after...