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Authoritarian Elements Of Latin America Political Culture
Discusses the Spanish conquistores. Looks at political leaders of the 19th Century in Argentina, Peru and Venezuela.
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Discusses the Spanish conquistores. Political leaders of the 19th Century in Argentina, Peru and Venezuala. Liberator Simon Bolivar and his rule. Role of the military and national police forces. Twentieth Century revolutions. Suppressions of revolutions. Reformist efforts. Forces is on authoritarian strains in Venezuelan political culture.

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"An examination of the authoritarian strain in Latin American political culture might begin with a brief look at the Spanish conquistadors who carved out the great Spanish Empire in the Americas. Cortes, Pizarro, Balboa, and Coronado, although independent and autonomous entrepreneurs financed by themselves and by individual investors, were soldiers first. Their mentality and temperament may have somehow planted the seeds, figuratively or literally, for what was yet to come in the New World.

What came were the political leaders of the 19th century: Simon Bolivar, Jose de San Martin, and Francisco de Miranda ?
all soldiers first and "liberators" of their countries later.
Argentina-born San Martin served with Spanish armies in both Europe and Africa, returned to join the Argentine independence..."

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