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Caudillos in Spanish America 1800–1850$
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John Lynch

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198211358

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198211358.001.0001

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Precursors and Premonitions

Precursors and Premonitions

(p.3) 1 Precursors and Premonitions
Caudillos in Spanish America 1800–1850

John Lynch

Oxford University Press

Caudillos and dictators have tended to occupy centre stage of Spanish American history, frequent actors in government, recurring heroes of society. The term ‘caudillo’ hardly entered the political consciousness of colonial Spanish America. This book assumes that it was a combination of conditions and events that produced the caudillo, and that he is to be explained not in terms of cultural values or Hispanic tradition or national character, but as part of a historical process in which personalist leaders accumulated functions and added to their power in response to specific interests and to some extent in successive stages. Evidence for the structural aspects of the subject comes mainly from Argentina, Venezuela, and Mexico, focusing on topics such as bandits and guerrillas, estancias, hatos, haciendas, and absolute monarchy.

Keywords:   Spanish America, caudillo, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, bandits, guerrillas, estancias, haciendas, absolute monarchy

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