• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Chile under Allende

Extracts from this document...


Chile under Salvador Allende Salvador Allende was the first Marxist leader to be voted in through a democratic election. It is still the only one of its kind and it shows the sort of problems likely to be faced by a Marxist government trying to function within a democratic system. Before he became elected, there were three main parties or groups of parties: the Unidad Popular on the left, the Christian Democrats also on the left and the National Party that was a liberal/conservative coalition. The election of 1964 was won by Eduardo Frei, leader of the Christian Democrats, who belived in social reform. He began vigorously: inflation was brought down from 38 per cent to 25 per cent, the rich were made to pay their taxes ...read more.


Inflation soared again, because of a serious drought. Allende�s coalition had a much better campaign organization than the other parties and could get thousands of supporters out on the streets. He believed that communism could succeed without a violent revolution. In the 1970 election 36 per cent of the votes were in favour of trying his policies. The problems facing the new government were enormous. In foreign affairs, Allende restored diplomatic relations with Castro's Cuba, China and East Germany. He retained his popularity sufficiently for the UP to win 49 per cent of the votes in the 1972 local elections and to slightly increase their seats in the 1973 elections for Congress. ...read more.


* The USA disapproved strongly of Allende�s policies and did everything In their power to undermine Chile's economy. Other South Americans governments were nervous in case the Chileans tried to export ther revolution. The rule of Salvador Allende in Chile was really short. It was very difficult for him and his government to rule communism in a democratic system, considering all the facts I mentioned, and because the biggest superpower of the world was against this kind of government or political ideology. Chile's relation with other powers in the 1970�s and 1980�s varied depending on the political ideology of the President of the moment. Being a Marxist leader played against him in connection with the relation between Chile and the USA, and this is one of the more important reasons why he could not continue his government as he would like. Gonzalo Garc�a 3ro Polimodal History ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work