Simn Bolvar: Essays on the Life and Legacy of the Liberator (Latin American Silhouettes)
- Publish Date: 2008-04-07
- Binding: Hardcover
Simn Bolvar 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 Bolvar'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 Bolvar's role in the Spanish-American wars of independence, this in-depth collection offers a persuasive explanation of why the Bolvarian legend and cult has persisted. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Simn Bolvarthe man and the legacy.
Contributions by: David Bushnell, Germn Carrera Damas, Simon Collier, Judith Ewell, Ivn Jaksic, Lester D. Langley, John V. Lombardi, Karen Racine, Frank Safford, and Hermes Tovar Pinzn