The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 316
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
is the first adequate history of Chile in English yet produced,
and as such it is welcomed by teachers of the history of the
After a preliminary short chapter on the early natives of
Chile, Galdames devotes five chapters to the colonial period
and five to the independence movement and early period of
political instability to 1830. Since only ten chapters are allowed
for developments since 1830 (and two of these cover foreign
relations and contemporary social developments), the division
of emphasis seems a trifle lopsided. This lack of balance is
emphasized by the number of pages devoted to the early cen-
turies (254) as compared with those covering the later period
(157). Professor Cox has supplied ninety-four pages of brief
but complete and very helpful biographies of the important
actors on the historical stage of Chile, and by adding many
scholarly notes has preserved the vigorous and easy-flowing
style of the original Spanish text. The printing and general
format of the book follow the usual excellence of this series
printed by the University of North Carolina Press.
Senior Galdames leans heavily on his predecessor, the great
Chilean historian and educator, Diego Barros Arana, but he
has frequently introduced his own interpretations, already well
known to historians in the original Spanish texts of his works.
Since the policy of letting the translator and editor of the work
as well as the editor of the series add their comments has been
followed also in this volume of the series, the product may be
considered to be three times as valuable! The editor has more-
over added explanatory notes on subjects that could perhaps
be found only in encyclopedic references in Spanish, a commend-
able policy to be adopted if the book is to serve its true purpose.
The author is impartial in selecting and presenting his ma-
terials. In fact, seldom has such objectivity been displayed in a
Latin-American historian. He has no special point of view as
far as can be noted. He is no special pleader. Perhaps he fails
to challenge thought by omitting contentious matter, but is that
the purpose of the historian? His impartiality is especially
noted in his comments (or lack of comments?) on the church-
state conflict during the administrations of Bulnes (pp. 284-
285), Montt (p. 302), Perez (p. 313), and Santa Maria (p.
339). Without doubt far too little space is given to the period
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