Santa Anna of Mexico

Santa Anna of Mexico

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Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (1794-1876) is one of the most famous, and infamous, figures in Mexican history. Six times the country's president, he is consistently depicted as a traitor, a turncoat, and a tyrant-the exclusive cause of all of Mexico's misfortunes following the country's independence from Spain. He is also, as this biography makes clear, grossly misrepresented. Drawing on seventeen years of research into the politics of independent Mexico, Will Fowler provides a revised picture of Santa Anna's life, with new insights into his activities in his bailiwick of Veracruz and in his numerous military engagements. The Santa Anna who emerges from this book is an intelligent, dynamic, yet reluctant leader, ingeniously deceptive at times, courageous and patriotic at others. His extraordinary story is that of a middle-class provincial criollo, a high-ranking officer, an arbitrator, a dedicated landowner, and a political leader who tried to prosper personally and help his country develop at a time of severe and repeated crises, as the colony that was New Spain gave way to a young, troubled, besieged, and beleaguered Mexican nation. Deconstructing the myths surrounding Santa Anna's life, the book offers a fresh view of a critical chapter in Mexico's history.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 501 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 703.06g
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • Nebraska, United States
  • English
  • 5 images
  • 0803226381
  • 9780803226388
  • 909,135

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"Drawing on archives in Mexico, Spain, Britain, and Texas as well as published sources, Fowler supplies a much-needed corrective to existing impressions of Santa Anna with this balanced and well-written work."-Library Journal -- Stephen H. Peters Library Journal "Building on recent historiography, this is a breakthrough study of Santa Anna."-S. F. Voss, Choice -- S. F. Voss Choice "Superb... Fowler has produced an elegantly-written and engaging study about one of Mexico's most notorious and misunderstood leaders. His evenhanded assessment of Santa Anna as more than just a power-hungry, opportunistic, and corrupt politician makes this biography a most welcome and valuable addition to Mexican historiography."-Journal of Military History Journal of Military History "[Santa Anna of Mexico] is carefully documented and well-written. Historians of Mexico on both sides of the border should read this excellent effort."-Joseph A. Stout, Jr., Journal of Arizona History -- Joseph A. Stout, Jr. Journal of Arizona History "This reevalution of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna is long overdue given the sophistication of our understanding of Mexico's turbulent decades following independence in 1810...This biography will become obligatory text for students of the period that will also hold the attention of the casual reader."-Michael Ducey, A Contracorriente -- Michael Ducey A Contracorriente "Fowler has written an unsurpassed biography of one of Mexico's most famous leaders. Everyone with an interest in Mexican history should read it."-Donald F. Stevens, Journal of Latin American Studies -- Donald F. Stevens Journal of Latin American Studies

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About Will Fowler

Will Fowler is a professor of Latin American studies at the University of St. Andrews. His books include Mexico in the Age of Proposals, 1821-1853, Tornel and Santa Anna: The Writer and the Caudillo, Mexico, 1795-1853, and Latin America, 1800-2000.

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments Introduction: Traitor, Turncoat, and Tyrant; Part I: Santa Anna's Early Life, 1794-1823 1. Between the Volcano and the Sea, 1794-1810; 2. An Officer and a Gentleman, 1810-1821; 3. Liberator of Veracruz, Founder of the Republic, 1821-1823; Part 2: The Making Of A "Caudillo," 1823-1832 4. A Federalist on the Periphery, 1823-1825; 5. Among the "Jarochos, "1825-1828; 6. General of Tricks, 1828-1832; Part 3: The Returns Of The Phoenix, 1832-1841 7. The Absentee President, 1832-1835; 8. The Warrior President, 1835-1837; 9. The Landowner President, 1837-1841 Part 4: A Road Paved With Good Intentions, 1841-1848 10. The "Santanista "Project, 1841-1844; 11. Our Man in Havana, 1844-1846; 12. The Mexican-American War, 1846-1848 Part 5: The Autumn Of The Patriarch, 1849-1876 13. The Man Who Would Be King, 1849-1855; 14. The General in His Labyrinth, 1856-1876; Conclusion: "A Good Mexican" Chronology; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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