The Paraguayan War: Causes and early conduct

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U of Nebraska Press, 2002 M01 1 - 520 páginas
The Paraguayan War (1864?70) was the deadliest and most extensive interstate war ever fought in Latin America. The conflict involving Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil killed hundreds of thousands of people and had dire consequences for the Paraguayan dictator Francisco Solano L¢pez and his nation. Though the Paraguayan War stirs the same emotions in South Americans as does the Civil War in the United States, there have been few significant investigations of the war available in English.

In this first of two volumes, Thomas L. Whigham provides an engrossing and comprehensive account of the war's origins and early campaigns, and he guides the reader through the complexities of South American nationalism, military development, and political intrigue. Whigham portrays the conflict as bloody and inexcusable, though it paved the way for more modern societies in the continent. The Paraguayan War fills an important gap in our understanding of Latin American history.

 

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Contenido

Environment and Society
xxiii
The Rise of Politics
21
War and Nation Building
48
Paraguay Faces the Empire
77
The Misiones and Chaco Disputes
93
The Uruguayan Imbroglio
118
Military Preparedness
165
The Mato Grosso Campaign
192
The Battle of the Riachuelo
308
The March into Rio Grande
328
Missteps in the South
351
The Siege of Uruguaiana
374
Retreat to Paso de la Patria
391
The End of the Beginning
416
Notes
423
Index
505

Neutrality Tested
217
Corrientes under the Gun
257

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Acerca del autor (2002)

Thomas L. Whigham is a professor of history at the University of Georgia. He is the author of The Politics of River Trade: Tradition and Development in the Upper Plata, 1780?1870.

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