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Latin American independence histories of the last 150 years have tended to stereotype Captain General Bustamante, governor of the Spanish colony of Guatemala from 1811 to 1818, as a tyrannical arch-villain who personified colonial oppression. Timothy Hawkins, in contrast, examines Bustamante and his administration within the context of preservation of empire, the effort by colonial officials and partisans to maintain the integrity of the Spanish empire in spite of internal and external unrest.

Based on extensive primary research in the archives of Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain, Hawkins’s approach links the Central American experience to that of areas such as Peru, Venezuela, and Mexico, that also responded equivocally and haphazardly to rebellious uprisings against colonial rule. While conceding that Bustamante’s role in the suppression of unrest turned him into one of the more controversial figures in Latin American history, Hawkins argues that the Bustamante administration should not be seen as an isolated and perverse case of Spanish repression but as an example of a relatively successful, if short lived, campaign by Spain to preserve its empire.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. vii-xxviii
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  1. 1. The Creation of a Spanish Colonial Official
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. The Kingdom of Guatemala on the Eve of Independence
  2. pp. 22-41
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  1. 3. The Imperial Crisis and Colonial Defense, 1798–1811
  2. pp. 42-79
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  1. 4. The Preservation of Empire, 1811
  2. pp. 80-114
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  1. 5. The Counterinsurgency State, 1812
  2. pp. 115-147
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  1. 6. The Challenge of the Constitution, 1813–1814
  2. pp. 148-179
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  1. 7. The Restoration of Absolutism, 1815–1818
  2. pp. 180-212
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 213-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-264
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 265-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-283
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817386184
Related ISBN
9780817357108
MARC Record
OCLC
656760446
Pages
313
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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