Shazragore Whether Spain could have retained its hold on the colonies after the American war of independence is an open question. The subject is one of the great themes of modern history: This, although it some- times creates a jerky rhythm, enables him to do justice to the variety of factors which lay behind each rebellion. Revolutions in the Modern World, ed. In the same paper a contribution is made to the vexed question whether Henry VIII was the maker of his own policy in Ireland. There is more than one author by this name in the Goodreads data base. To see what your friends thought jogn this book, please sign up.
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Shelves: hispanoamerica , history-of-hispania The vastness of its subject matter hardly makes it for an easy read, but the craftsmanship of the good historian, John Lynch, saves it from the oblivion of the masses. Lynch goes by geographical areas starting at the southern cone up, ending with Mexico and, last of all, the Central American countries; and on these last nations very few pages are used.
As one might expect the multitude of names, facts, and the different analyses that apply to each case does not help with the entertainment The vastness of its subject matter hardly makes it for an easy read, but the craftsmanship of the good historian, John Lynch, saves it from the oblivion of the masses. As one might expect the multitude of names, facts, and the different analyses that apply to each case does not help with the entertainment department, so to speak; but the idea is there to pick up.
The outcome, and this is the main point I gather, was not what mattered to the people in general; what mattered was who was going to rule: who was to be favored and who was to stay the same or get worse. The Catholic Church and the aristocrats of Spain had for so long kept the hearts and minds of the spanish people in ignorance, isolated from the heretic Protestant world of northern Europe, that the word civilization did not quite apply to the cultural state of the Spanish people, in Spain or in America.
But he was not a democrat at heart; perhaps he was even a racist, definitely he was of the stuff despots are made of: arrogance, paternalism, elitism At least Lynch gives him the "good-guy" treatment. Later the illegitimate offspring of these unions joined with the offspring of slaves transported from Africa.
With such racial mixture and such moral record, can we afford to place laws above leaders and principles above men? To milk the resources of the country and to curve any appetite for knowledge among the servile masses, that was -and still is- the only aim in Spanish-speaking America.
Know any better recipe than tequila, mate, cocaine, and telenovelas to keep people dumbed-down for ever? Jun 26, Mike rated it really liked it I was looking for a well researched book on the revolutions in South America that brought about independence from Spain.
I could have chosen several books about the independence movements of each nation. Many of these books are high partisan. This book completely satisfied what I was looking for. The various chapters look at regional independence movements. They talk about political, economic and geographical driving forces that led to the push for independence and the reasons for failure of I was looking for a well researched book on the revolutions in South America that brought about independence from Spain.
They talk about political, economic and geographical driving forces that led to the push for independence and the reasons for failure of larger states. The book is filled with dates, names and facts. It mentions battles but does not go into details beyond what is necessary to describe the battle in the context of the larger independence movement.
It is not a book for light reading. It is rather dry. It is however and excellent book for anyone looking at for a detailed overview of the events from to It is one, despite its original publication date, that I would highly recommend for anyone with an interest in the subject.
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