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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
illustrations, bibliographies, and indexes of the original publica-
Colonial Hispanic America: A History is refreshingly free from
unnecessary details. The major political and military events of
the conquest, colonial period, and revolutionary era are narrated
briefly and accurately, while social, economic, and cultural de-
velopments receive ample treatment. In consequence, the study
has won marked popularity as a textbook and work of reference.
Republican Hispanic America: A History carries the story of
our southern neighbors up to the present era. A short chapter,
describing their physical and psychological characteristics, is fol-
lowed by four chapters in which are outlined the political experi-
ments of the Hispanic Americans during the war for independence.
Chapter VI contains an interesting analysis of the political
ideologies and achievements of San Martin and Bolivar. Professor
Chapman then examines the military dictatorship in Hispanic
America, stressing the fact that caudillism has usually been
dominant there since the war for independence. His treatment
of this important subject is ingenious and thought provoking, but
the importance of economic factors in bringing about such political
instability is not clearly indicated. Two chapters are devoted to
a treatment of the relations of the Hispanic American nations
with other countries and with each other, special emphasis being
given to their contacts with the United States. A chapter entitled
"The Emergence to World Importance" summarizes the achieve-
ments of the Hispanic Americans since independence, and reviews
the factors that may determine their future advance or retrogres-
sion. The "National Histories Appendix" takes up slightly more
than half of the text. Its summaries of developments during the
republican era in each of the Latin American states are master-
pieces of condensation. Republican Hispanic America: A History
contains a disproportionate amount of material bearing on the
La Plata region, but the manifest impossibility of treating fully
the early political experiments of all the states doubtless justifies
using the method of instruction by example. On the whole, the
book covers adequately the field its author proposed to examine.
It is unusually accurate, and beautifully written.
Hispanic America: Colonial and Republican is attractively and
serviceably bound. It is well edited, and is printed in a readable
type on glazed stock. A consolidated table of contents, bib-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939, periodical, 1939; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101107/m1/308/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.