Bolivar and the Political Thought of the Spanish American Revolution

Bolivar and the Political Thought of the Spanish American Revolution

Bolivar and the Political Thought of the Spanish American Revolution

Bolivar and the Political Thought of the Spanish American Revolution

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The contents of the present volume consist essentially of lectures on Bolivar given at the Sorbonne in the year 1927 under the auspices of the Groupement des Ecoles, material used in the course on the Hispanic-American Revolution at the University of Miami in 1928 and 1929, and the lectures delivered at the Johns Hopkins University in the Albert Shaw series in 1930 to honor the centenary of the Liberator's death.

The manuscript of this book was in course of preparation for the printer when, in August 1930, the dictatorship which had caused my exile was overthrown. This change in the situation in Peru interrupted my historical studies, and since then political and diplomatic labors have absorbed my entire time. Only within the last year have I been able to give the final touches to this work which appears under the imprint of the Johns Hopkins University.

The present volume constitutes a synthesis of the general ideological panorama of the revolution and a detailed analysis of Bolivarian thought. Any work of synthesis is an adventure and great is the risk that some important fact will escape in the effort to present a view of the whole; while on the other hand in too minute an analysis the living unity of the thought or the spirit might be lost. I have tried to the limit of my ability to avoid these two shoals. I have ventured herein to recreate the ideological currents of the Eighteenth Century and their repercussions in America, because this provides the necessary frame for a picture of the Liberator. Bolivar does not imitate or . . .

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