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Dictatorship and Politics: Intrigue, Betrayal, and Survival in Venezuela, 1908-1935 (Hardback)
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Dictatorship and Politics: Intrigue, Betrayal, and Survival in Venezuela, 1908-1935 (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 30/06/2008
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Dictatorship and Politics presents the first major study of General Juan Vicente Gomez's regime in Venezuela from 1908 to 1935 and the efforts of Gomez's enemies to overthrow him during his twenty-seven years in power. In this reappraisal of the Gomez regime, Brian S. McBeth demonstrates that Gomez's success in withstanding opponents' attacks was not only the result of his political acumen and ruthless methods of oppression. The political disagreements, personal rivalries, financial difficulties, occasional harassment by foreign powers, and at times plain bad luck of his opponents, usually in exile, were important contributing factors in the failure of their plots to overthrow him. In examining the opposition to the Gomez dictatorship, McBeth also intentionally removes the politics of oil from the center stage of the regime's foreign relations and instead focuses on the tolerance and intolerance by foreign governments of the exiles' activities.This monumental work of scholarship encompasses political correspondence, personal memoirs, newspapers, British and U.S. sources, and various public and private archives in Venezuela. Historians, as well as political scientists working on themes related to dictatorships and opposition, will find the book of interest.

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN: 9780268035105
Weight: 943 g
Dimensions: 237 x 165 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

." . . One of the most nuanced and thorough assessments of the Gomez era to date. McBeth's analysis of Gomez, extremely well grounded in a vast collection of primary sources, shows Gomez as a much more complicated figure, a savvy politician who was as aware of his political strengths and weaknesses as he was a complex internal and international political dynamics . . . a history that will become the standard on the Gomez regime for years to come." --"The Americas"


"In his encyclopaedic analysis of the politics of the Gomez regime, the author depicts Gomez as neither a simple tyrant nor a puppet of foreign interests, but as a consummately skilled politician who enjoyed broad domestic support. The author also provides a detailed and thoroughly researched account of the evolving opposition to the regime." --"Latin American Studies"


." . . an incredibly fascinating read . . . this book throws light on the murky world of Venezuelan politics where nothing is as it appears. This book is not for the faint-hearted nor is it light holiday reading. Similarly, it is not for beginners to the study of Venezuelan political history. However, we should all try to read it. Brian McBeth is to be congratulated for attempting such a difficult project." --"The Bulletin of Spanish Studies"


"In his encyclopedic analysis of the politics of the Gomez regime, the author depicts Gomez as neither a simple tyrant nor a puppet of foreign interests, but as a consummately skilled politician who enjoyed broad domestic support. . . . McBeth's work represents a major scholarly achievement in Venezuelan history . . . this is an essential book for anyone interested in modern Venezuelan history, and provides interesting insights into the contemporary political dynamics of that country." --"The Journal of Latin American Studies"


. . . One of the most nuanced and thorough assessments of the Gomez era to date. McBeth s analysis of Gomez, extremely well grounded in a vast collection of primary sources, shows Gomez as a much more complicated figure, a savvy politician who was as aware of his political strengths and weaknesses as he was a complex internal and international political dynamics . . . a history that will become the standard on the Gomez regime for years to come. "The Americas""


In his encyclopaedic analysis of the politics of the Gomez regime, the author depicts Gomez as neither a simple tyrant nor a puppet of foreign interests, but as a consummately skilled politician who enjoyed broad domestic support. The author also provides a detailed and thoroughly researched account of the evolving opposition to the regime. "Latin American Studies""


. . .an incredibly fascinating read . . .this book throws light on the murky world of Venezuelan politics where nothing is as it appears. This book is not for the faint-hearted nor is it light holiday reading. Similarly, it is not for beginners to the study of Venezuelan political history. However, we should all try to read it. Brian McBeth is to be congratulated for attempting such a difficult project. "The Bulletin of Spanish Studies""


In his encyclopedic analysis of the politics of the Gomez regime, the author depicts Gomez as neither a simple tyrant nor a puppet of foreign interests, but as a consummately skilled politician who enjoyed broad domestic support. . . . McBeth s work represents a major scholarly achievement in Venezuelan history . . . this is an essential book for anyone interested in modern Venezuelan history, and provides interesting insights into the contemporary political dynamics of that country. "The Journal of Latin American Studies""


"McBeth builds on his previous Venezuelan research with this account of the 25 conspiracies and 12 invasions that tried to unseat Juan Vincente Gomez over his 27-year dictatorship (1908-1935). The author's prodigious archival research leads him to conclude that Gomez survived because of his sagacity, but the evidence suggests that the exiles did not present much of a challenge. . . . This detailed narrative fills out the history of the Gomez years, but may be most useful as a reference work. . ." --Choice

." . . One of the most nuanced and thorough assessments of the Gomez era to date. McBeth's analysis of Gomez, extremely well grounded in a vast collection of primary sources, shows Gomez as a much more complicated figure, a savvy politician who was as aware of his political strengths and weaknesses as he was a complex internal and international political dynamics . . . a history that will become the standard on the Gomez regime for years to come." --The Americas


"In his encyclopaedic analysis of the politics of the Gomez regime, the author depicts Gomez as neither a simple tyrant nor a puppet of foreign interests, but as a consummately skilled politician who enjoyed broad domestic support. The author also provides a detailed and thoroughly researched account of the evolving opposition to the regime." --Latin American Studies


." . . an incredibly fascinating read . . . this book throws light on the murky world of Venezuelan politics where nothing is as it appears. This book is not for the faint-hearted nor is it light holiday reading. Similarly, it is not for beginners to the study of Venezuelan political history. However, we should all try to read it. Brian McBeth is to be congratulated for attempting such a difficult project." --The Bulletin of Spanish Studies


"In his encyclopedic analysis of the politics of the Gomez regime, the author depicts Gomez as neither a simple tyrant nor a puppet of foreign interests, but as a consummately skilled politician who enjoyed broad domestic support. . . . McBeth's work represents a major scholarly achievement in Venezuelan history . . . this is an essential book for anyone interested in modern Venezuelan history, and provides interesting insights into the contemporary political dynamics of that country." --The Journal of Latin American Studies

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