Santa Anna of Mexico

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U of Nebraska Press, Oct 25, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 501 pages
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Antonio L¢pez de Santa Anna (1794?1876) is one of the most famous, and infamous, figures in Mexican history. Six times the country?s president, he is consistently depicted as a traitor, a turncoat, and a tyrant?the exclusive cause of all of Mexico?s misfortunes following the country?s independence from Spain. He is also, as this biography makes clear, grossly misrepresented. ÿ Will Fowler provides a revised picture of Santa Anna?s life, offering new insights into his activities in his bailiwick of Veracruz and in his numerous military engagements. The Santa Anna who emerges from this book is an intelligent, dynamic, yet reluctant leader, ingeniously deceptive at times, courageous and patriotic at others. His extraordinary story is that of a middle-class provincial criollo, a high-ranking officer, an arbitrator, a dedicated landowner, and a political leader who tried to prosper personally and help his country develop at a time of severe and repeated crises, as the colony that was New Spain gave way to a young, troubled, besieged, and beleaguered Mexican nation. ÿ ÿ
  

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In this unabashedly revisionist biography, Fowler (Latin American studies, Univ. of St. Andrews, Scotland; Mexico in the Age of Proposals, 1821-1853) presents Santa Anna not as a politician but as a ... Read full review

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An Officer and a Gentleman 18101821
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Liberator of Veracruz Founder of the Republic 18211823
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The Making of a Caudillo 18231832
69
A Federalist on the Periphery 18231825
71
Among the Jarochos 18251828
88
General of Tricks 18281832
109
The Returns of the Phoenix 18321841
131
The Santanista Project 18411844
213
Our Man in Havana 18441846
238
The MexicanAmerican War 18461848
256
The Autumn of the Patriarch 18491876
287
The Man Who Would Be King 18491855
289
The General in His Labyrinth 18561876
317
A Good Mexican
346
Chronology
369

The Absentee President 18321835
133
The Warrior President 18351837
158
The Landowner President 18371841
184
A Road Paved with Good Intentions 18411848
211
Notes
391
Bibliography
449
Index
477
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Will Fowler is a professor of Latin American studies at the University of St. Andrews. His books include Mexico in the Age of Proposals, 1821?1853; Tornel and Santa Anna: The Writer and the Caudillo, Mexico, 1795?1853; and Latin America since 1780.

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