Bridget Chesterton's study of how rural soldier-agriculturalists helped shape twentieth-century Paraguayan nationalism is a welcome addition to the historical literature on this understudied country. Chesterton posits that the desire to defend Paraguayan territory and to honor the nation led rural agriculturalists to fight in the Chaco War (1932–1935) and that, due to this shared experience, the rural classes transformed the memory of Francisco Solano López from the liberal elite's interpretation of a selfish tyrant who led the country into the unwinnable War of the Triple Alliance (1864–1870) to a vision of a hero who saved the nation from oblivion from foreigners seeking to destroy it. Chesterton builds her argument by creatively using an assortment of sources, including visual images, songs, poetry, theater, literature, letters, articles, and reports. Particularly noteworthy are the exceptional images from the time period (a postcard, postage stamps, historical...
Book Review|February 01 2015
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Julia Sarreal; The Grandchildren of Solano López: Frontier and Nation in Paraguay, 1904–1936. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 February 2015; 95 (1): 165–167. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-2837120
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