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Book Launch - "Hugo Blanco - A Revolutionary for Life" by Derek Wall

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Derek Wall's new book, Hugo Blanco - A Revolutionary for Life, is an engaging biography which tells the story of one of Latin America’s most important revolutionary leaders. This Goldsmiths launch of the book is a fantastic opportunity to see Hugo Blanco and Derek Wall discussing the book, followed by an audience Q&A and then a drinks reception.

Hugo Blanco led a successful uprising for land rights in Peru in the 1960s. Praised by Che Guevara, remarkably Hugo is still politically active and militant in 2018. A Marxist in the 1960s, Hugo’s life charts a whole history of the Latin American left. He escaped the Chile coup of 1973, promoted indigenous struggles across the continent and met up with Zapatistas in the 1990s. Today Hugo is one of the world’s most prominent ecosocialist leaders, who argues that the most important task on the left is to fight climate change by transcending capitalism.

This is a book that draws practical political lessons about how we change the world so that humanity and the rest of nature has a future.


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Hugo Blanco is one of the most significant activists and ecosocialist thinkers in the world today. A leader of the indigenous people of the Andes, he was born in 1934 in Cusco, the former Inca capital. He is a lifelong environmental campaigner in defence of the natural riches of the Andean region and beyond. In the 1960s he led a successful armed peasant uprising demanding land rights.

Oscar Berglund, Hugo's son, will be translating and is a Senior Teaching Associate in Public Policy at the University of Bristol, his area of research is in critical political economy.

Derek Wall is the author of Hugo Blanco - A Revolutionary for Life and is lecturer for the New Radical Political Economy module at Goldsmiths. Derek’s research is focussed on radical political economy, green politics and social movement theory.

Dr Paul Gunn is lecturer in political economy. His research and teaching sit at the intersection of politics, philosophy, and economics, covering questions concerning the theory and practice of economic governance, the history of political economy, and the economics and ethics of political intervention in the environment.

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