Hugo Chávez: A Bundle of Contradictions from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Latin American scholar Allen Wells, Bowdoin’s Roger Howell, Jr. Professor of History, is spending his sabbatical year conducting research into Latin America’s crusade for democracy during the Cold War. Last summer, he spent time in Venezuela, getting a chance to witness some of the final months of Hugo Chávez’s regime. In this video, Wells discusses Chávez and his legacy, addressing the riddle of the man who led Venezuela for 14 years. Why did the leader inspire both intense loathing and love? What are the future prospects for his revolution? And can the United States and Venezuela forge stronger ties now that Chávez is dead?