Simón Bolívar (Simon Bolivar): A Life

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Yale University Press, 2007 M01 1 - 349 páginas
Simón Bolívar was a revolutionary who freed six countries, an intellectual who argued the principles of national liberation, and a general who fought a cruel colonial war. His life, passions, battles, and great victories became embedded in Spanish American culture almost as soon as they happened. This is the first major English-language biography of ?The Liberator” in half a century. John Lynch draws on extensive research on the man and his era to tell Bolívar's story, to understand his life in the context of his own society and times, and to explore his remarkable and enduring legacy.
The book illuminates the inner world of Bolívar, the dynamics of his leadership, his power to command, and his modes of ruling the diverse peoples of Spanish America. The key to his greatness, Lynch concludes, was supreme will power and an ability to inspire people to follow him beyond their immediate interests, in some cases through years of unremitting struggle. Encompassing Bolívar's entire life and his many accomplishments, this is the definitive account of a towering figure in the history of the Western hemisphere.

 

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Contenido

OUT OF A SPANISH COLONY
1
Family Friends and Neighbours
7
A Youth of Independent Means
16
Old Spain Young Love
18
LESSONS FROM THE AGE OF REASON
22
Political Awakening
24
A Spanish American in the Age of Revolution
28
Bolivar and the Enlightenment
31
Citizen Soldiers
154
The Bolivarian Economy
157
WAR AND LOVE IN THE ANDES
165
Conference in Guayaquil
169
Defence of the Revolution
174
Manuela Sáenz
174
Into Peru
177
Junin and Ayacucho
186

Return to Venezuela
39
CREOLE REVOLUTION
41
1808 the Critical Year
44
The London Mission
49
Independence Declared and Destroyed
53
War with Spain and with Nature
55
The Defeat of the First Republic
61
WAR TO THE DEATH
63
The Western Front
66
War by Terror
70
The Liberator
73
CounterRevolution
79
Exit and Exile
86
TOUCHSTONE OF THE REVOLUTION
89
The Caudillos
96
Confrontation with Piar
100
The Tactics of Race
106
An Army for Liberation
108
A New Challenge
111
NEW STRATEGY NEW FRONT
117
Reinforcements and Reappraisal
120
A Second Front
122
Boyacá
127
Tensions after Triumph
130
Carabobo
137
SOCIETY ACCORDING TO BOLIVAR
141
Continuity and Change
144
Bolivarian Society
149
THE MAN OF PROBLEMS
191
The Bolivarian Enlightenment
195
The Lost Purity of his Principles
203
An Ever Greater America
206
A Deal with the Devil
211
THE MAGIC OF HIS PRESTIGE
220
Quest for Strong Government
224
The Road to Ocaña and Power
226
The Assassins
232
Foundations of the Faith
234
JOURNEY OF DISILLUSION
238
Sombre Thoughts from Guayaquil
243
Monarchist Friends Republican Enemies
246
The Exodus
250
Farewell to Power Salute to Glory
252
Journeys End
249
THE LEGACY
260
Ideas and Ideals
264
The Realist of the Revolution
267
Paths of Glory
272
Dynamics of Leadership
275
The Cult of Bolivar
279
Notes
285
Bibliography
314
Glossary
325
Index
327
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John Lynch is emeritus professor of Latin American history and former director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London.

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