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A Paraguayan Frederick the Great took on not one but both big countries of South America, Brazil and Argentina throwing in Uruguay, just emerging from a civil war. Thanks to a militarized and centrally planned state, the Paraguayans sucessfully invaded Argentina and Brazil. Similar to the United States at the time, both countries had only tiny standing armies and small logistical capabilities which evened the odds.
Aggressively led, the Paraguayans scored both defensive and offensive victories. The real killer for both sides was the remote and unhealthy climate. Then slowly but relentlessly the mostly Brazilian juggernaut kicked in and crushed Paraguayan resistance.
Internally, the Paraguayan dictator had been busy purging real and imagined opposition in show trials, which even touched the dictator's own family. The war finally ended when the dictator was hunted down and killed.
To the bitter end : Paraguay and the War of the Triple Alliance
The Paraguayans paid a huge price in lives and property for their dictator's folly. It is truly curious how far people in nationalistic fervor can be led into an abyss. This being South America, the farcial and grotesque elements as well as colorful characters are never far away. Leuchars' well written account is highly recommended but for one fact: At Euros for both the hardback and the e-book versions, this book is totally overpriced. No wonder that in all the German-speaking countries, only eight copies exist in large public libraries.
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I am pretty confident that halving or quartering the price would have enticed many libraries and private buyers to add this title about a less well known conflict to their stock. Brazilian monitor Rio Grande.
The War of the Triple Alliance was one of the longest, least remembered, and, for one of its participants, most catastrophic conflicts of the 19th century. The decision of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay to go to war against Paraguay in May has generally been regarded as a response to the raids by the headstrong and tyrannical dictator, Francisco Solano Lopez. While there is some truth to this view, as Lopez had attacked towns in Argentina and Brazil, the terms of the Triple Alliance signed that same month reveal that the motivation of these two nations, at least, was to redraw the map in their favor, at the expense of Paraguay.
To the Bitter End: Paraguay and the War of the Triple Alliance by Chris Leuchars
Leuchars looks at the political causes, the course of the conflict as viewed from both sides, and the tragic aftermath. He brings to light an episode that marked a turning point in the development of South American international relations. Additional Details Series Volume Number.
May to June The Invasion of Argentina: June The Rio Grande Campaign: June to September The March to War: September to December The Invasion of Paraguay: January to April Conflict in the Esteros: April to May The Battle of Tuyuty: May The Funnel of Death: July The Attack on Curupaity: September The Long Pause: September to August The Fall of Humaita: September to August The December Campaign:
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