Insurrection or Loyalty: The Breakdown of the Spanish American Empire

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Insurrection or Loyalty: The Breakdown of the Spanish American Empire

By Jorge I. Domínguez
Harvard University Press, 1980
306 pp. $29.50
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A work of competent historical analysis, such as this study centered on Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela, can illuminate current phenomena in unexpectedly helpful ways. The central question here is: why did some colonies rebel early in the last century while others did not? The answer is found in sociological rather than economic factors-the relations among ethnic groups or between elites and local governments.