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Santa Anna: A Curse Upon Mexico

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Americans usually remember Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna only for his assault on the Alamo in 1836. While many Mexicans considered him a hero, few individuals have caused their own nation greater pain. Santa Anna served as his country's president eleven different times over a span of thirty years while losing one-third of Mexico's territory in wars. He sold another 30,000 square miles, pocketed most of the money, and repeatedly bankrupted the nation. Yet, in spite of these failings, the Mexican people of the ...
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Americans usually remember Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna only for his assault on the Alamo in 1836. While many Mexicans considered him a hero, few individuals have caused their own nation greater pain. Santa Anna served as his country's president eleven different times over a span of thirty years while losing one-third of Mexico's territory in wars. He sold another 30,000 square miles, pocketed most of the money, and repeatedly bankrupted the nation. Yet, in spite of these failings, the Mexican people of the nineteenth century often viewed Santa Anna as a hero and savior. Robert L. Scheina analyzes this fascinating man and provides an overview of Mexican history against the backdrop of political turmoil.
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Scheina (history, National Defense U.) presents a military and political history of Mexican general and president Santa Anna. He argues that Santa Anna was a masterful political opportunist and that despite his disastrous losses to the United States, he was an audacious, brave, and resourceful military leader. He suggests that Santa Anna was most successful against feudal armies of patronage, but that facing soldiers having a personal stake in outcomes often led to defeat. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574885460
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/31/2003
  • Series: Military Profiles
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Scheina, Ph.D., has published hundreds of articles and four other books on Latin America, including the comprehensive two-volume study Latin America's Wars (Brassey’s, Inc., 2003). He lives in Crofton, Maryland.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps vi
Preface vii
Chronology ix
Chapter 1 The Road to "Revolution" 3
Chapter 2 The Road to Becoming a Caudillo 11
Chapter 3 The Road to Tampico 18
Chapter 4 The Road to the Alamo 23
Chapter 5 The Road to San Jacinto 30
Chapter 6 The Road to Vera Cruz 36
Chapter 7 The Road to Buena Vista 47
Chapter 8 The Road to Cerro Gordo 61
Chapter 9 The Road to Mexico City 65
Chapter 10 The Road to "Infamy" 77
Chapter 11 Conclusion 87
Notes 91
Selected Bibliography 105
Index 109
About the Author 116
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