The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 180
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tions with the r6le played by Bolivar in the war of independence,
his ideas on the form of government best suited to the Indo-
Spaniards, and his desirability of creating an American organ-
ization dedicated to the maintenance of peace.
Students and teachers of Hispanic-American history are already
indebted to Vicente Lecuna for his previous scholarly contribu-
tions; the debt is now increased. Dr. Lecuna has employed the
customary mechanisms of scholarship with full vigor, and cer-
tainly it is a note of high achievement to have labored through
the mass of material involved and to present with such compe-
tence the selected writings of the libertador. Although a banker
and a business man, Dr. Lecuna is eminently qualified to present
this work, having devoted a considerable part of his life to the
collecting of Bolivariana.
He has taken the selections from his previous eleven-volume
Cartas del Libertador, Proclamas Y Discursos del Libertador,
and from the work on Bolivar's campaigns, published in 1950.
The translation from Spanish was initially the work of Mr.
Lewis Bertrand, who was aided in the undertaking by a host of
assistants. The final responsibility for the English form lies with
Professor Harold A. Bierck, who also wrote the scholarly intro-
duction. Dr. Bierck's eulogistic appraisal of Bolivar is excellent
and appears to reflect his personal views, but it seems hazardous
for such a prominent historian to state: ". . it seems unlikely,
however, that any discovery will come to light that will alter the
facts appertaining to the life of Bolivar." A good example is a
recent article by Gerhard Masur dealing with the Guayaquil
Conference (Hispanic-American Historical Review, May, 1951).
The authors have divided the writings of Bolivar into two
periods. The first covers the years 1810o-1823; the second em-
braces the material from 1823 to Bolivar's death in 1830. The
documents selected, for the most part, relate to the military and
political aspects of Bolivar's life. Many excellent maps facilitating
the study of Bolivar's military undertakings are given, beginning
with Puerto Cabello and terminating with Ayacucho. The choice
of political material is comprehensive: the Manifesto of Car-
tagena, the Jamaica Letter, War to the Death, and the Bolivian
Constitution acquaint the reader with Bolivar's political thought.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953, periodical, 1953; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/m1/200/: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.