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

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by John Hoyt Williams
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The Rise and Fall of the Paraguayan Republic, 1800-1870 by John Hoyt Williams

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 per

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Pages: 296
Size: 1.4 MB
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Date published:   2014
ISBN: 9781477307076 (DRM-EPUB)

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