Che Guevara and continental revolution

Jan Lust

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The Cuban Revolution has inspired the guerrilla struggle in Latin America. Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was directly involved in processes that contributed to the organization of guerrilla forces in various Latin American countries. In this article, we argue that already at the beginning of the 1960s Guevara started to help organize and coordinate the organization of the revolutionary armed struggle in the Latin American continent. He considered that local socialist revolutions would not be able to survive if these were not accompanied by revolutionary struggle in other parts of Latin America. This paper presents Guevara’s ideas on the necessity of continental revolution, in the context of United States military interventions in Latin America. It describes in detail Cuba’s and Che’s involvement in the organization of various guerrilla activities in South America, and demonstrates that guerrilla processes in Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina were the first stones for the development of continental guerrilla warfare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1555-1567
Number of pages13
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • continental revolution
  • Cuba
  • Ernesto Che Guevara
  • guerrilla struggle
  • Latin America


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