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Red Against Blue The Liberal Party in Colombian Politics, 1863 - 1899

by Helen Delpar

Red Against Blue The Liberal Party in Colombian Politics, 1863 - 1899 Synopsis

Delpar provides a history of Colombia's liberal party covering a period in which it was first the dominant party (1863-1885) and then the party of opposition (1886-1899). Delpar's study is well written and firmly grounded in extensive research [and] will occupy a prominent position in the sparse historiography of the late 19th century Colombia. - Hispanic American Historical Review (HAHR) Delpar has given us a book that is disarmingly unpretentious yet offers considerably more than the title implies. As a discussion of the Liberal Party during the latter part of the 19th century, it is more narrative and descriptive than theoretical and analytical, indeed quite free of both redundant conceptualization and overly self-conscious methodology. It pays due attention to historical origins, regional distribution of support the characteristics of Liberal leadership, Liberal doctrine such as it was, the rules of the political game under the constitution of 1863, and the Liberal's adjustment to opposition status after their fall from power in the 1880s. The author's tone is clear and she has used an impressive quantity of published sources plus the personal papers of a good number of prominent Liberals.

Red Against Blue The Liberal Party in Colombian Politics, 1863 - 1899 Press Reviews

Persuasive and well-documented... particularly useful for its explanation of the intensity of party allegiances. - Bulletin of Hispanic Studies The book actually serves as a very good general introduction to the Colombia of the 19th century. -- Southeastern Latin Americanist Should be of value to any scholar or student interested in the political process in 19th-century Latin America. - History: Reviews of New Books

Book Information

ISBN: 9780817356156
Publication date: 15th March 2010
Author: Helen Delpar
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 278 pages
Categories: Political structure & processes,

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