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ProQuest Partners with National Security Archive to Offer Peruvian Documents

ProQuest ( announced the first-ever digital release of a collection of primary source documents from the U.S. embassy in Lima, Peru, U.S. military officials, and U.S. intelligence. The documents in Peru: Human Rights, Drugs and Democracy, 1980–2000 provide a compelling portrait of Peru’s civil war and growing authoritarianism during three successive Peruvian administrations. It’s available in ProQuest’s Digital National Security Archive (DNSA), considered to be a powerful primary research and teaching tool in the areas of U.S. foreign policy, intelligence, and security affairs dating from post-World War II through the present.

A complement to DNSA’s six other Latin American collections, Peru: Human Rights, Drugs and Democracy, 1980–2000 documents U.S. foreign policy at work in Latin America and illuminates internal, domestic politics in Peru. The documents were collected by the National Security Archive (NSA;, an independent, nongovernmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University.

Peru: Human Rights, Drugs and Democracy, 1980–2000 includes 1,997 documents collected from archival sources, hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests, and direct State Department releases to Peruvian truth and congressional commissions. The collection covers the 1980 inception of civil war between insurgent militants from the Shining Path (and later from the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement) and official and nonofficial government forces.

The digital version of this set is being published in two installments, revealing the growing political crisis faced by consecutive Peruvian presidents Fernando Belaúnde, Alan García, and Alberto Fujimori. The first installment, which is already available, includes documents dating from 1966 up to President Alberto Fujimori’s inauguration in 1990, chronicling the new system of electoral democracy in the 1980s and the rise of the bloody civil conflict that shadowed consecutive democratic regimes. The second installment, to be released in 2009, covers the Fujimori era and beyond, with documents dating from 1990–2004.

Source: ProQuest

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