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Heroes on Horseback: A Life and Times of the Last Gaucho Caudillos (Dialogos) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0826315984 ISBN-10: 0826315984 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Dialogos
  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; 1st edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826315984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826315984
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sweeping narrative of two 19th century charismatic leaders and their powerful armies on the Brazil/Uruguay border.

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John Charles Chasteen is professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
In "Heroes on Horseback," John Charles Chasteen varies his narrative by alternating chapters following the story of two Brazilian caudillos with those examining the political environment of the Uruguay-Brazil borderland in the late 19th century. While a little slow in parts, it does explore the conceptions of identities among those in the borderland, particularly for the numerous Brazilian immigrants living in Uruguay. It also provides a closer look at the lives of two brothers, Gumercindo and Aparicio Saravia, as they lead their milita in hopes of bringing revolution to Brazil. Most interesting, however, is Chasteen's inquiry into the phenomenon of caudillismo itself and how the charisma of the leaders inspired the borderland residents to enlist their support. Overall, a worthwhile look at a unique area of Latin American political history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2000
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In "Heroes on Horseback," John Charles Chasteen varies his narrative by alternating chapters following the story of two Brazilian caudillos with those examining the political environment of the Uruguay-Brazil borderland in the late 19th century. While a little slow in parts, it does explore the conceptions of identities among those in the borderland, particularly for the numerous Brazilian immigrants living in Uruguay. It also provides a closer look at the lives of two brothers, Gumercindo and Aparicio Saravia, as they lead their milita in hopes of bringing revolution to Brazil. Most interesting, however, is Chasteen's inquiry into the phenomenon of caudillismo itself and how the charisma of the leaders inspired the borderland residents to enlist their support. Overall, a worthwhile look at a unique area of Latin American political history.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tatiana Francois Motta on September 11, 2009
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For those who like history it's a very interesting book. Tells a lot about history and culture of South Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
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