Andean Tragedy

Andean Tragedy

by William F Sater

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Andean Tragedy by William F Sater

The War of the Pacific (1879-1884) was not only one of the longest struggles of late nineteenth-century Latin America, it was one of the few large-scale conflicts to afflict the world at that time. Chile, Bolivia, and Peru found themselves locked in a devastating war on land and sea that would forever alter the boundaries and collective memories of the three nations. Economically and politically unstable, the three emerging nations waged war over their limited resources. After five years of conflict, little of the Andean nations' geography or political life remained unchanged. Bolivia and Peru lost substantial portions of their territory, thousands of their youth, and millions in commodities.

This little studied war is intriguing not only for its lasting impact on Latin America, but also for its unique place in the history of warfare. The armies engaged in the War of the Pacific employed many of the technological advances developed during the American Civil and Franco-Prussian wars. While Bolivia, Peru, and Chile utilized the new weapons that had undeniably changed warfare, such as breech loading rifles, Gatling guns, armored warships, and torpedoes, they lacked the infrastructure and training to move beyond traditional tactics. Despite the military significance of the War of the Pacific, very few countries assimilated any of the hard learned tactical lessons the devastating engagement afforded.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803207592
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 07/01/2007
Series: Studies in War, Society, & the Military
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

William F. Sater is an emeritus professor of history at California State University-Long Beach. He is the coauthor of The Grand Illusion: The Prussianization of The Chilean Army (Nebraska 1999) and of A History of Chile, 1802-2002, second edition.

Table of Contents

List of Maps     viii
List of Tables     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
The Prewar Maneuvers     27
Comparing the Armies     44
Comparing the Navies     96
Chipana to Iquique     116
Angamos and Beyond     137
The Land War Begins     170
The Tacna and Arica Campaigns     212
Investing Lima     258
The Dirty War     301
Conclusion     547
Notes     361
Bibliography     423
Index     437

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