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Blanco Galdós, Hugo (1934–)

Blanco Galdós, Hugo (1934–)

Hugo Blanco Galdós (b. 1934), Quechua-speaking agronomist, Trotskyist, and former student leader. Born in Cuzco in 1958, Blanco organized the small tenant farmers of the coffee-growing valleys of La Convención in the high jungle north of Cuzco into a peasant federation that challenged the traditional landlord class. After a series of strikes, land invasions, and armed clashes with the police as well as the spread of such tactics into the southern and central sierra, the government of Manuel Prado was compelled to establish a commission to study the possibility of agrarian reform. Imprisoned in 1963, Blanco was later released, served as an adviser to the government of Juan Velasco on agrarian reform, and continued to be active in leftist politics.

See alsoAgrarian Reform; Prado y Ugarteche; Velasco, Juan de.


Hugo Blanco, Land or Death: The Peasant Struggle in Peru (1972).

Additional Bibliography

Blanco, Hugo. Workers and peasants to power! A revolutionary program for Peru. New York: Pathfinder Press, 1978.

Blanco, Hugo. 4 caminos al poder. Lima: Educación Popular Chaupimayo, 1987.

"Entrevista con Hugo Blanco." Servicio Europeo de Universitarios Latinoamericanos, S.E.U.L. 7 (Feb-Mar 1978): 21-27.

Villanueva, Victor. Hugo Blanco y la Rebelión Campesina. Lima: Mejía Baca, 1967.

                                      Peter F. KlarÉn

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