Caudillos in Spanish America 1800-1850

Hardcover | April 1, 1993

byJohn Lynch

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The caudillo of Spanish America was both regional chieftain and, in the turbulent years of the early nineteenth century, national leader. His power base rested on ownership of land and control of armed bands. He was the rival of constitutional rulers and the precursor of modern dictators. Hisis a dominant figure in Latin American history. John Lynch explores the changing perception of the caudillo - bandit chief, guerrilla leader, republican hero - and examines his multi-faceted role as regional strongman, war leader, landowner, distributor of patronage, and the `necessary gendarme'who maintained social order. Professor Lynch traces the origins and development of the caudillo tradition, and sets it in its contemporary context. His scholarly analysis of this central theme in the history of Spanish America is underpinned by detailed case-studies of four major caudillos: Juan Manuel de Rosas (Argentina),Jose Antonio Paez (Venezuela), Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (Mexico), and Rafael Carrera (Guatemala). This is an important contribution to our understanding of political and social structures during the formative period of the nation-state in Spanish America.

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The caudillo of Spanish America was both regional chieftain and, in the turbulent years of the early nineteenth century, national leader. His power base rested on ownership of land and control of armed bands. He was the rival of constitutional rulers and the precursor of modern dictators. Hisis a dominant figure in Latin American hist...

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The caudlillo of Spanish America was both regional chieftain and, in the turbulent years of the early nineteenth century, national leader. His power base rested on ownership of land and control of armed bands. He was the rival of constitutional rulers and the precursor of modern dictators. His is a dominant figure in Latin American his...

John Lynch is Emeritus Professor of Latin American History at University of London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:486 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.3 inPublished:April 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019821135X

ISBN - 13:9780198211358

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'Lynch's study is an important contribution to our understanding of the formative period of the nation-state in Spanish America and subsequent oligarchic dictatorships that challenged traditional caudillismo.'Colonial Latin American Historical Review, Spring 1993