This extraordinarily well-planned and well-executed homenaje is one of the most valuable of all the publications devoted to Sarmiento. Of the eleven articles in the first volume (those submitted by non-Argentine authors), seven cover aspects of Sarmiento’s life and work in Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, the United States, and Europe and four deal with his contributions to education; the excellent article by Alamiro de Avila Martel on “Sarmiento en la Universidad de Chile” falls in both categories. Other outstanding articles in this section are the “Valoración educacional de Sarmiento” by Antonio M. Grompone, “Sarmiento and Europe” by G. V. Kiernan, and “La estadía de Domingo Faustino Sarmiento en Francia a la luz del Diario de Gastos” by Paul Verdevoye.
Included in the twenty-six Argentine contributions (Vols. 2 and 3) are nine which deal with various provinces of the republic: two on Sarmiento’s experiences in Mendoza; three on Entre Ríos and Sarmiento’s relations with Urquiza and López Jordan; one by Manuel Lizondo Borda on Tucumán and the friendship with Posse; one on Patagonia; an exceptionally useful article by Carlos Melo on “Las provincias durante la presidencia de Sarmiento (1868-1874)”; another, by Félix Weinberg, on “El presidente electo Sarmiento en Buenos Aires, testimonios del periodismo porteño de 1868.” Outstanding among the articles which deal with more general aspects of the presidency are Andrés Allende’s “La guerra de fronteras durante la presidencia de Sarmiento” and Gustavo Cirigliano’s “Sarmiento en sus contactos culturales con los Estados Unidos,” with its summation of the “criterio de acción” derived from the visits to the northern republic. Of economic interest is an article on the English 1871 loan for public works and José Panettieri’s “Sarmiento y la industria”; of political emphasis are those on the 1860 constitutional reform, an interpretation of the “politico-social” thought of Sarmiento, his role in the 1880 presidential election, and the “capital” question. Finally, among the miscellaneous contributions are two articles on the Recuerdos de Provincia, Fernando Márquez Miranda’s interesting “Sarmiento precursor de las ciencias del hombre,” and Horacio Jorge Becco’s useful “Bibliografía de Sarmiento.”
It is to be hoped that some way may be found to rescue this extraordinarily valuable collection of articles from the obscurity inherent in an understandably limited list of the subscribers to a scholarly university periodical and to make them more generally available to the public.