Conservative Thought in Twentieth Century Latin America: The Ideas of Laureano Gómez

Conservative Thought in Twentieth Century Latin America: The Ideas of Laureano Gómez

Conservative Thought in Twentieth Century Latin America: The Ideas of Laureano Gómez

Conservative Thought in Twentieth Century Latin America: The Ideas of Laureano Gómez

Synopsis

Laureano Gomez was president of Colombia in the early 1950s until overthrown by a military coup. He was also, for some fifty years, the leading exponent of Latin American conservatism, a political philosophy with roots in both nineteenth century politics and religion. Focusing on Gomez, and other prominent conservative politicians, Henderson traces the evolution of Latin American conservatism and demonstrates the scope of its influence throughout the continent.

While much has been written about particular Marxist movements and right wing regimes in contemporary Latin America, little attention has been devoted, in recent years, to the more moderate political institutions and individuals which dominate twentieth century Latin America. This first account of Latin American conservatism should be of interest to all students of the history and politics of the region."

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