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Product Details

  • Series: Latin American Silhouettes
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842029109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842029100
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Through extensive use of contemporary sources, Professor Racine has brought Miranda and his times to life. She reveals Miranda's considerable faults as well as his unfailing spirit of determination to succeed in the face of overwhelming obstacles. This sensitive and informative volume places Miranda effectively in the context of the final years of Spain's American empire in a highly readable and vigorous text. (Ralph Lee Woodward)

A welcome contribution to the central and timely subject of Latin American independence. This volume's focus is the career of Francisco de Miranda, the remarkable 'Precursor' of the Spanish-American struggle for self-rule. By examining his entire trajectory rather than his culminating—and tragic—role in the Venezuelan revolution, Professor Racine provides us with a captivating view of the transatlantic world of ideas, interconnected events, and personal contacts that shaped Spanish-American independence. The narrative is attractive, the research impressive, and the author's assessments consistently judicious. (Ivàn Jaksic)

Professor Racine's take on Miranda is clear, effective, thorough, and sympathetic. She captures both the man and his times, tracks his quixotic career with care and accuracy, and offers sensible and insightful judgments about his success and failures. This book is a fine addition to our Latin Americanist library. (Lombardi, John V.)

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Karen Racine is assistant professor of history at Valparaiso University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana Harland on December 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Karen Racine's book follows Miranda's life as a citizen of the Atlantic world, put into the framework of Miranda's ultimate goal to inspire and lead wars of independence in Spanish South America. Because Miranda spent the vast majority of his life traveling outside of Latin America, and because he is granted the title "Precursor" of Latin American independence (he failed at personally inspiring any revolutions), the book is probably more pertinent to the study of Enlightenment Europe than Latin American History. Racine's style of writing is somewhat simplistic and at times relies on psychological historiography, of which I am personally skeptical, and makes declarations concerning Miranda's emotional state at certain points in his life which without specific in-text references to his diaries seem like biased assumptions. In general, the book would benefit from more references to primary sources but Racine's biographical book is undoubtedly well-researched and well put together. I would suggest this book for those interested in studying late eighteenth- early nineteenth-century Enlightenment Europe as the "Age of Revolution."
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By Julio Riveron on October 1, 2010
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Excelente trabajo de Karen Racine acerca de uno de los grandes heroes de la independencia de sudamerica,este libro retrata la vida y la dura época en la que vivio Francisco de Miranda y nos demuestra lo adelantado que estuvo su pensamiento para finales del siglo XVIII,sus viajes por Estados Unidos y Europa hicieron de Miranda un personaje extraordinario.
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