Simón Bolívar: Essays on the Life and Legacy of the Liberator

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David Bushnell, Lester D. Langley
Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 207 pages
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Simon Bolivar was without a doubt the most famous and most controversial leader of the Spanish American wars of independence. Much is known of his biography: he led an army that liberated an expanse of South America equivalent to that conquered by Napoleon; crafted the union of Venezuela, New Granada, and Ecuador into the republic of Gran Colombia; outlined the plan for a defensive league of former Spanish-American colonies; and wrote the first Bolivian constitution. He also died in exile after the rejection of his arbitrary and dictatorial rule in Colombia. This volume takes a step back from both glorification and vilification to reassess Bolivar's life and legacy. A distinguished group of historians takes a fresh look at the impact of "the Liberator" as warrior, political thinker and leader, internationalist, continentalist, reformer, and revolutionary. They make a powerful statement about the importance of biography and the relevance of the individual in explaining historical events. A balanced yet critical appraisal of Bolivar's role in the Spanish-American wars of independence, this in-depth collection offers a persuasive explanation of why the Bolivarian legend and cult has persisted. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Simon Bolivar the man and the legacy. Contributions by: David Bushnell, German Carrera Damas, Simon Collier, Judith Ewell, Ivan Jaksic, Lester D. Langley, John V. Lombardi, Karen Racine, Frank Safford, and Hermes Tovar Pinzon"
  

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For anyone interested in Latin American history, anyone engaged in the study of leadership. Find about Simon Bolivar's inspiration, leadership and heroism that have stood the test of time, this book is a real gem. The words of John Lombardi are specially most elocuent and most vivid, guaranteed to leave the reader with a lasting memory of what it takes to be a leader, what it took to become "El Libertador", Simon Bolivar. PS: look up Don Jose Manuel Restrepo, Bolivar's lifetime friend & Colombian historian during colonial times. (Lo peor de la muerte es el olvido) Jorge Restrepo Montoya y Florez 

Contents

Simon Bolivar as Political Thinker
13
Bolivars Atlantic World Diplomacy
35
Elite Responsibility
55
Democrat
99
in the Revolutionary
123
Hermes Tovar Pinzon
149
The Hidden Legacy of Simon Bolivar
159
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David Bushnell is professor emeritus at the University of Florida. Lester D. Langley is professor emeritus at the University of Georgia.

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