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The Paraguay Reader


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
I. The Birth of Paraguay 11
II. The Nationalist Experiment 53
III. A Slow Recovery 129
IV. From the Chaco War to the Civil War 193
V. Dictatorship and Resistance 235
VI. A Transition in Search of Democracy 321
VII. What Does It Mean to Be Paraguayan? 383
Epilogue: The Impeachment of President Fernando Lugo 451
Suggestions for Further Reading 457
Acknowledgment of Copyright and Sources 463
Index 471

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The Paraguay Reader is a lively compilation of testimonies, journalism, scholarship, political tracts, literature, and illustrations, including maps, photographs, paintings, drawings, and advertisements.

About the Author

Peter Lambert is a Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath. He is a coeditor of Latin American Foreign Policies: Between Ideology and Pragmatism and Political Violence and the Construction of National Identity in Latin America.Andrew Nickson is the Honorary Reader in Public Management and Latin American Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Local Government in Latin America and the Historical Dictionary of Paraguay. Lambert and Nickson are the editors of Transition to Democracy in Paraguay.


"The Paraguay Reader will become the most obvious starting point for both Latin Americanists and non-specialists wanting to learn about Paraguay, one of the least known, studied, or understood countries in South America. This anthology gives readers access, for the first time, to a well-chosen selection of texts representing the country's history, culture, and politics. The materials are impeccably organized, and the introductions are clear, informative, and thought-provoking." - Will Fowler, author of Latin America since 1780 "This book fills an enormous gap in knowledge about Paraguay and will be a standard reference on the country for many years to come."--Ticio Escobar, Minister of Culture, Paraguay, August 15, 2008, to June 22, 2012 "Many of the accounts are being made accessible in English for the first time and thus provide an invaluable resource on the subjects treated, one that has no parallel in the current literature. All of the accounts are preceded by introductions that prepare the reader for the historical significance of the piece." - Leonard Rinchiuso, Journal of Latin American Geography

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