Santa Anna of Mexico

Santa Anna of Mexico

Paperback - 2007
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Antonio López 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. Will Fowler provides a revised picture of Santa Anna's life, offering 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.
Published: Lincoln, NB : University of Nebraska Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9780803226388
Branch Call Number: B SAN
Characteristics: 501 p.,23 cm.


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Apr 14, 2017

Santa Anna: "However shameful it may be to admit this, we have brought this disgraceful tragedy upon ourselves through our interminable in-fighting."

Apr 14, 2017

Simon Bolivar: "He who serves in a revolution ploughs the sea."


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Apr 14, 2017

Fowler succeeds in defending the legacy of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, a man both hailed as liberator and hero, and cursed as tyrant and traitor. Post-revolutionary Mexico presents the chaotic alternative to the democratic experiment in the United States; an environment ripe for a military leader to be turned to time and again to save a new nation from its devastating internal conflicts. Unfortunately for Santa Anna, he saved his gravest errors for late in his life, when the people who were most familiar with his patriotic record were dying away. Fowler rebuts the critics who claim that Santa Anna was a political chameleon only ambitious for personal wealth and glory, by demonstrating that he was, on the contrary, inconsistently consistent in wanting what was best for his country. It is circumstances that changed, not Santa Anna’s loyalty. As with many biographers toward their subject, Fowler does, at times, downplay real faults, such as detaching Congressional actions of the 1830s from Santa Anna while he was not in the capital—appearing to forgive the president for not being where he was supposed to be. Santa Anna’s rise to power paralleled Andrew Jackson’s in the US; his fall into oblivion, that of James Buchanan. “Santa Anna of Mexico” is a concise version of a complex, stranger-than-fiction life.


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