Sarmiento and His Argentina
Joseph T. Criscenti
Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1993 - History - 216 pages
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, president of Argentina from 1868 to 1874, is best known as an educator and as the author of Civilization and Barbarism: The Life of Juan Facundo Quiroga, generally referred to as El Facundo. The contributors to this volume call attention to other facets of Sarmiento's life and to the results of the programs he encouraged.
Each contributor has his or her own image of Sarmiento, but whether re-assessing him as a writer, a thinker, or as an advocate of democracy and economic development, all are aware of how the underlying theme of El Facundo - the clash between urban and rural worlds, between civilization and barbarism - influenced his outlook. Their essays add to our knowledge not only of Sarmiento, but also of a key transitional period in Argentina's development.
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