Nationalism and the Rise of Peru's General Velasco
Velasco's brand of military nationalism marked a real break from the orientation of the majority of Peruvian military regimes, which were pro-United States and espoused limited government. Many attempts have been made to explain this outcome, but the release of documents from British and United States archives clarify certain issues. Above all, Velasco's use of the nationalist card enabled him to win over decisive support from both the military and political society. This support gave him sufficient leverage to consolidate his personal position, which he did before launching a major programme of domestic property expropriation.