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The Grand Illusion: The Prussianization of the Chilean Army (Studies in War, Society, and the Military)

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The Grand Illusion analyzes the impact of European military institutions on Hispanic America in general and examines the putative and#8220;Prussianizationand#8221; of the Chilean army in particular. The authors focus on Chileand#8217;s attempt to import and assimilate foreign military methods, doctrine, and matand#233;riel. They incorporate research from Chilean, Austrian, German, British, and American archives to offer a new interpretation of Chileand#8217;s military reforms.
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The authors argue that the Chilean army adopted only the most superficial aspects of the German military ethos, which eventually led to the creation of a large but ineffective army. The transfer of technology and doctrine failed because German institutions and policies did not suit Chile. Political infighting, greed, and corruption further encumbered the assimilation process. The authorsand#8217; findings call into question the widely accepted thesis that developed nations could, and in fact did, change the nature of the military in developing countries.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-237) and index.

About the Author

William F. Sater is a professor emeritus of history at California State University-Long Beach. His books include Chile and the United States: Empires in Conflict. Holger H. Herwig is a professor of history at the University of Calgary. His numerous works include The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914and#8211;1918.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803223936
Subtitle:
The Prussianization of the Chilean Army
Author:
Sater, William F.
Author:
Herwig, Holger H.
Author:
Herwig, Holger
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln, Neb. :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Chile
Subject:
Influence
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Chile - Reorganization
Subject:
Prussia (Germany) - Influence
Subject:
Military-General History
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Studies in War, Society, and the Military
Series Volume:
7160
Publication Date:
19991101
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.06 lb

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History and Social Science » World History » South America

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