The Rise and Fall of the Paraguayan Republic, 1800–1870

Paperback | August 1, 1979

byJohn Hoyt Williams

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Paraguay plays a very small role in the modern world, but for part of the nineteenth century it was a significant regional force. Between 1800 and 1865 it changed from an imperial backwater into a dynamic, dictator-led, financially sound nation. Then came the terrible War of the Triple Alliance, and by 1870 Paraguay had virtually been destroyed.

John Hoyt Williams re-creates the era’s people, places, and events in rich detail and a vigorous style, but this is much more than a mere narrative. His archival research in Paraguay and several other countries enables him to offer new facts and interpretations, correct a number of misapprehensions, and explode a few myths.

He also provides the clearest, most objective portraits available of the three extraordinary men who ruled Paraguay during this time: Dr. José Gaspar de Francia, “El Supremo”; Carlos Antonio López, “the Corpulent Despot”; and López’s flamboyant son Francisco Solano López. Discussions of social, economic, and cultural conditions round out a masterly account of a remarkable historical period.

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Paraguay plays a very small role in the modern world, but for part of the nineteenth century it was a significant regional force. Between 1800 and 1865 it changed from an imperial backwater into a dynamic, dictator-led, financially sound nation. Then came the terrible War of the Triple Alliance, and by 1870 Paraguay had virtually been ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:August 1, 1979Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292770170

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PrefaceChapters1. The “Provincia Gigante” in the Eighteenth Century2. José Gaspar de Francia and the Paraguayan Revolution3. Perpetual Means Forever: Francia and the Remodeling of Paraguayan Society4. The Diplomacy of Isolation, 1820-18405. The Supreme Dictatorship, 1820-18406. The Old Order Changeth?7. A New Paraguay is Stirring8. The Economic Pulse Quickens9. The Diplomacy of Frustration10. Threat and Counter-Threat: The 1850s11. Foreigners and the Modernization of Paraguay12. “Francisco Solano’s Error: The War”13. The Immolation of ParaguayNotesBibliographyIndex