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 Venezuela: A Country Report

The Inevitable Revolution: How Venezuela’s History Fashioned the “Bolivarian Revolution” of Hugo Chavez

By Brennan C. Full

Introduction

Venezuela serves as a testament to the power of oil and the subsequent authority afforded to the international industry it spawned.  The influence of this specific commodity far exceeds the financial realm, expanding into every minutia of society, shaping national psychology and identity.  From decades of foreign control to oil revenues funding social reform, the relationship between the people of Venezuela and oil has been in constant flux.  In order to truly understand Venezuela and its current socio-political atmosphere one must become acquainted with how oil shaped the politics of the past therefore irrevocably influencing the culture of today. Continue reading

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by | December 17, 2011 · 8:34 am