The Paraguayan War, Volume 1: Causes and Early Conduct

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The Paraguayan War (1864–70) was the deadliest and most extensive interstate war ever fought in Latin America. The conflict involving Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil killed hundreds of thousands of people and had dire consequences for the Paraguayan dictator Francisco Solano López and his nation. Though the Paraguayan War stirs the same emotions in South Americans as does the Civil War in the United States, there have been few significant investigations of the war ...
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Overview

The Paraguayan War (1864–70) was the deadliest and most extensive interstate war ever fought in Latin America. The conflict involving Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil killed hundreds of thousands of people and had dire consequences for the Paraguayan dictator Francisco Solano López and his nation. Though the Paraguayan War stirs the same emotions in South Americans as does the Civil War in the United States, there have been few significant investigations of the war available in English.

In this first of two volumes, Thomas L. Whigham provides an engrossing and comprehensive account of the war's origins and early campaigns, and he guides the reader through the complexities of South American nationalism, military development, and political intrigue. Whigham portrays the conflict as bloody and inexcusable, though it paved the way for more modern societies in the continent. The Paraguayan War fills an important gap in our understanding of Latin American history.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
"Whigham deserves praise for his exhaustive archival research in several countries, lucid prose, and constant concern that readers understand the context of his narrative analysis. . . . The University of Nebraska Press, long committed to publishing important works in Latin American studies, should be commended for taking on this project and producing such a handsome, hardbound volume."—Choice
Journal of Military History

"Whigham's contribution is a detailed narrative that reveals a Lopez whose strategic and geopolitical instincts were sound but whose arrogance undercut his ability to lead. The description of the geographic setting and the vivid thumbnail sketches of many of the officers further elevate the account beyond that of one man's blindness. The reader understands the full history of a tragic war, lengthened because of incompetence and errors on all sides."—Judith Ewell, Journal of Military History

— Judith Ewell

The Historian

"The longest and fullest ever written, destined to remain a standard text for decades. The author displays great command of his multiple sources."—David Rock, The Historian

— David Rock

The International History Review

"Whigham has produced a magnificent book. . . . A powerful and lucid narrative of the war's developments, with all its complexities: its military manoeuvres, internal politics and diplomatic exchanges, and its horrors and cruelties on the battlefield."—Eduardo Posada-Carbo, The International History Review

— Eduardo Posada-Carbo

Hispanic American Historical Review

“Thomas Whigham’s new history is greatly to be welcomed.”—Charles J. Esdaile, Hispanic American Historical Review

— Charles J. Esdaile

Journal of Latin American Studies

“It is rare to come across a work of traditional diplomatic history among new books appearing on Latin American history. It is also most unusual to find that the same study will be spread out over tow volumes. The Paraguayan War is certainly a fitting topic for such extensive and in-depth treatment. Professor Whigham’s first volume explores the causes and recounts in detail the early part of the conflict up to New Years Day 1866.”—Joseph Smith, Journal of Latin American Studies

— Joseph Smith

Americas
“A well-written traditional history based on extensive research. . . . Those interested in a military history of the Paraguayan War and gaining insight into the personality of Francisco Solano López, will find Whigham a good storyteller.”—Americas
Journal of Military History - Judith Ewell
"Whigham's contribution is a detailed narrative that reveals a Lopez whose strategic and geopolitical instincts were sound but whose arrogance undercut his ability to lead. The description of the geographic setting and the vivid thumbnail sketches of many of the officers further elevate the account beyond that of one man's blindness. The reader understands the full history of a tragic war, lengthened because of incompetence and errors on all sides."—Judith Ewell, Journal of Military History
The Historian - David Rock
"The longest and fullest ever written, destined to remain a standard text for decades. The author displays great command of his multiple sources."—David Rock, The Historian
The International History Review - Eduardo Posada-Carbo
"Whigham has produced a magnificent book. . . . A powerful and lucid narrative of the war's developments, with all its complexities: its military manoeuvres, internal politics and diplomatic exchanges, and its horrors and cruelties on the battlefield."—Eduardo Posada-Carbo, The International History Review
Hispanic American Historical Review - Charles J. Esdaile
“Thomas Whigham’s new history is greatly to be welcomed.”—Charles J. Esdaile, Hispanic American Historical Review
Journal of Latin American Studies - Joseph Smith
“It is rare to come across a work of traditional diplomatic history among new books appearing on Latin American history. It is also most unusual to find that the same study will be spread out over tow volumes. The Paraguayan War is certainly a fitting topic for such extensive and in-depth treatment. Professor Whigham’s first volume explores the causes and recounts in detail the early part of the conflict up to New Years Day 1866.”—Joseph Smith, Journal of Latin American Studies
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Meet the Author

Thomas L. Whigham is a professor of history at the University of Georgia. He is the author of The Politics of River Trade: Tradition and Development in the Upper Plata, 1780–1870.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2003

    A very Bloody War

    Between 1864 and 1870 Paraguay was at war against the combined forces of the Brazilian Empire, Argentina and Uruguay. This book is the definitive presentation of the background and early stages of the bloodiest war in South American history. Competing nationalisms, boundary conflicts, and fear of Brazilian hegemony in the Río de la Plata are all discussed with excellent analyses of the personalities involved. The author's sympathy for the common solider of all the beligerents is quite clear. Civil War buffs, take notice! Much of this war centered on control of the rivers of the Río de la Plata and in the belligerents' employment of river navies, weaponry, tactics, and siegecraft there is an eerie resemblance to the Western Theater of the North American war. Those who wish to know more about this defining moment of national development for the four states involved in the conflict should get this work.

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