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Rafael Núñez and the politics of Colombian regionalism, 1863-1886 /
James William Park.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1985.
xii, 304 p. : ill.
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1985.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [279]-296.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-07:
Park's monograph is an important contribution to the historical literature on 19th-century Colombia. Drawn largely from archival and contemporary newspaper sources, his study focuses on the attempts of Rafael Nunez to mold a national perspective among the disparate regions of Colombia, where state leaders since the achievement of independence had been preoccupied with advancing local political and economic interests. With its analysis of regional and socioreligious issues, Park's work complements Charles Bergquist's Coffee and Conflict in Colombia, 1886-1910 (CH, Jul '79), which emphasizes the impact of economic factors on political change. Helen Delpar treats much of the same period as Park in her Red Against Blue: The Liberal Party in Colombian Politics, 1863-1899 (CH, Jul '81). Delpar's study, however, provides an analysis of the Liberal party as an opposition force during the regeneration period rather than an in-depth interpretation of Nunez as a nation builder. Although there is only one map in Park's book, the several graphs illustrating economic and demographic trends are helpful. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-J.A. Gagliano, Loyola University of Chicago
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