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The Girondins of Chile: Reminiscences of an Eyewitness (Library of Latin America)

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The Girondins of Chile tells of the strong influence that the European revolutions of 1848 had in Chile, and how they motivated a young Santiago society with high cultural aspirations but little political knowledge or direction. Benjamin Vicuña Mackenna, a Chilean writer and historian who lived during those days in Santiago, relates the events of the time, events in which he was a participant. He pays special attention to how the 1848 revolutions influenced a group of young liberals he called "Chilean Girondins." When news of the fall of Philippe d'Orléans and the installation of the Second Republic arrived, there was an explosion of jubilation in Santiago. Now there were no barriers to ideas, "much less to the generous ideas proclaimed by the sincere people of France." But when a proletarian revolution took place in France in June, Chilean public opinion became virulently anti-revolutionary. Except, of course, among the liberal youth, the Chilean Girondins, who were headed towards revolution--and sooner than anyone thought.

When revolution came in 1851, Vicuña Mackenna found himself sentenced to death for taking part in the uprising. After escaping and spending some years in exile, he was able to return in 1855. He remained active in politics, yet his account of what happened in the 1851-52 revolution was not published until 1876.

About the Author

Cristián Gazmuri is Director of the Instituto de Historia, Pontíficia Universidad Católica de Chile and Member of the Chilean Academy of History. John H. R. Polt is Professor of Spanish, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195151817
Translator:
Polt, John H. R.
Editor:
Gazmuri, Cristian
Translator:
Polt, John H. R.
Editor:
Gazmuri, Cristian
Author:
null, Benjamin Vicuna
Author:
Polt, John
Author:
null, John
Author:
MacKenna, Benjamin Vicuna
Author:
null, Cristian
Author:
Gazmuri, Cristian
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Caribbean & Latin American
Subject:
France
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Latin American
Subject:
Chile Politics and government 1824-1920.
Subject:
Chile - History - Insurrection, 1851
Subject:
World History-South America
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Library of Latin America
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
237 illus.
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.24x6.80x.30 in. .30 lbs.

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