Defined as an ideario of Sarmiento, this book contains selections from the Obras completas (1885-1903) which reflect ideas of the great Argentine president and educator. “Nothing in our country,” writes its editor, “is more popular than the name of Sarmiento.” Unhappily, he finds scant precise knowledge of the man’s written work to correspond with that popularity, for his collected works are not generally available. The 375 pages of this anthology, then, include, with occasional brief editorial notes, those passages in each of the 52 volumes of the Obras completas which are regarded as representative. Preceding them are 32 introductory pages; following, a 3-page “Decálogo de la educación común” and a “Comentario.” The book is—as it was designed to be—a useful introduction to Sarmiento and a valuable pedagogical tool, but it necessarily suffers the evils of all anthologies. Those of us who so greatly admire Sarmiento are, for example, not content to see Argirópolis (vol. 13) represented by only six pages and the two volumes (37-38) of Conflictos y armonías de las razas en América by only fifteen. Fifty-two volumes do not condense satisfactorily into one.
Book Review| May 01 1963
El civilizador. Síntesis del pensamiento vivo de Sarmiento
El civilizador. Síntesis del pensamiento vivo de Sarmiento. Edited by Barcos, Julio R..
Ediciones Antonio Zamora. . Pp.
Hispanic American Historical Review (1963) 43 (2): 334–335.
Madaline W. Nichols; El civilizador. Síntesis del pensamiento vivo de Sarmiento. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 May 1963; 43 (2): 334–335. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-43.2.334a
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