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

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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 

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Contents

Introduction
1
THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THINKER
11
Simón Bolivar as Political Thinker
13
Bolívar s Atlantic World Diplomacy
35
Simón Bolívar Englishman Elite Responsibility and Social Reform in Spanish American Independence
55
THE POLITICAL ACTOR
73
Simón Bolívar and Andrés Bello The Republican Ideal
75
Bolívar as Triumphal State Maker and Despairing Democrat
99
The Image of Simón Bolívar in the United States in the Revolutionary Era
123
The United States as Seen by Simón Bolívar Too Good a Neighbor
135
THE LEGACY
147
Bolívar and the Future of Democracy
149
The Hidden Legacy of Simón Bolívar
159
Epilogue History and Our HeroesThe Bolívar Legend
176
Beginning to Read about Bolívar
188
Copyright

THE HEMISPHERIC AGENDA
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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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