Francisco Solano López and the Ruination of Paraguay

Francisco Solano López and the Ruination of Paraguay

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The first serious biography of Francisco Solano Lopez in English for decades, this richly researched book tells the dramatic story of Paraguay's most notorious ruler. Despite the heroic stature he gained after his death, Lopez was a monumentally flawed leader who made the disastrous decisions in 1864 and 1865 to invade Paraguay's powerful neighbors, Brazil and Argentina, initiating the most devastating interstate conflict in South American history. Drawing on a trove of primary sources, James Schofield Saeger offers a critical analysis of Lopez's personality and often-irrational persecution of enemies, adherents, and siblings. He traces Lopez's preparation for high public office, work habits, control of his nation and army, propaganda, and execution. Concluding with an examination of Lopez's posthumous rehabilitation, Saeger shows how the tyrant who ruined his nation became its most highly honored hero, crowning a campaign by revisionist publicists from 1870 1936, and a useful symbol for later authoritarians. Still largely unchallenged in Paraguay today, this glorification of a martial president is definitively put to rest in Saeger's meticulous study.qHendrik Kraay and Thomas L. Whigham (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press), 53-54. According to records of the justices of ... Luis G. BenAstez, Manual de historia del Paraguay (Asuncion: n.p., 2002), 113. 98. Thompson, who was there, saysanbsp;...

Title:Francisco Solano López and the Ruination of Paraguay
Author:James Schofield Saeger
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2007


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