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Nationalism and Public Culture
Nationalism and public culture
Introduction

On 26 June 1969, the El Salvador soccer team defeated Honduras in Mexico City in a playoff to qualify for the World Cup, and the already tense relationship between the two countries spilled over into mutual hostility at popular and governmental level. A week later, following a break in diplomatic relations, open warfare broke out between the two countries and, though it finished within a few days following intervention by the Organization of American States, several thousand people had been killed and several hundred thousand had been displaced. The origins of the ‘football war’ were much more profound than the outcome of the match that sparked it: economic tensions associated with Salvadoran migration to Honduras were a major ...

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