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The Caudillo of the Andes
Andrés de Santa Cruz


Part of New Approaches to the Americas

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521719964

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  • Born in La Paz in 1792, Andrés de Santa Cruz lived through the turbulent times that led to independence across Latin America. He fought to shape the newly established republics, and between 1836 and 1839 he created the Peru-Bolivia Confederation. The epitome of an Andean caudillo, with armed forces at the center of his ideas of governance, he was a state builder whose ambition ensured a strong and well-administered country. But the ultimate failure of the Confederation had long-reaching consequences that still have an impact today. The story of his life introduces students to broader questions of nationality and identity during this turbulent transition from Spanish colonial rule to the founding of Peru and Bolivia.

    • The first ever biography of Andrés de Santa Cruz in English, and an updated history of the Peru-Bolivia Confederation
    • Excellent introduction to the process of independence and nation building in the Andean region
    • Provides an up-to-date and accessible analysis of the concept of caudillismo and strong-man rule in Latin America
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    'This book is a most welcome addition to the literature on politics, caudillismo, and state formation in post-Independence Latin America. The Caudillo of the Andes offers an engaging and fascinating account of one of the most important South American statesmen, inexplicably forgotten by most contemporary historians.' Carlos Aguirre, University of Oregon

    'Both scholarly and fascinating, this unprecedented biography of General Andrés de Santa Cruz highlights the complexities and many meanings of nineteenth-century military caudillos in South America - in this case, one whose pan-Andean legacy still echoes today.' Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook University

    'Natalia Sobrevilla Perea has written an accessible and smart biography of Andrés de Santa Cruz, the fascinating Bolivia caudillo who was a worldly liberal, fervent nationalist, Francophile, defender of indigenous people, and innovative but ultimately failed statemaker. The Caudillo of the Andes addresses Latin America's never-ending riddle of strongman rule and is particularly timely as tensions among Bolivia, Peru, and Chile continue. This is an important book that will be much used in the classroom.' Charles Walker, University of California, Davis

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521719964
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Early years at the twilight of the colonial period
    2. Great Marshall of Zepita: hero of independence
    3. The creation of Bolivia
    4. The genesis of the Peru-Bolivia Confederation
    5. The rise and fall of the Peru-Bolivia Confederation
    6. Defeat and exile

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Andean History: Culture and Politics
    • History of Latin America
    • History of the Andes
    • Introduction to Latin American Studies
    • Latin America Since Independence
    • Modern Latin America
    • Spanish South America Since Independence
  • Author

    Natalia Sobrevilla Perea, University of Kent, Canterbury
    Natalia Sobrevilla Perea is Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent. She has published widely on the political, social and intellectual history of Peru and the Andes and is currently leading a project to digitize nineteenth-century newspapers in regional archives in Peru, funded by the British Library. Dr Sobrevilla Perea was previously a pre-doctoral Fellow and then a lecturer at Yale University.

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