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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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The Caudillo Tradition in Spanish America

The Caudillo Tradition in Spanish America

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Caudillos in Spanish America 1800–1850

John Lynch

Oxford University Press

Caudillism developed in response to specific historical events: the war of independence, the emergence of nation-states, the post-war tendency to social anarchy, each stage invoking and legitimizing a particular function, and lasting so long that by the time people looked up it was too late. The caudillos were there to stay. But the political conjuncture was also significant in the creation of caudillos and the permanence of their rule. Independence gave an impulse to liberalism and made it a first choice for new governments. This chapter examines the origins and growth of caudillos and caudillism in Latin America, the caudillo in political theory, and the three ages of dictatorship in Latin America.

Keywords:   Latin America, caudillism, caudillos, war of independence, nation-states, social anarchy, liberalism, political theory, dictatorship

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