A perfect premonition of what would be Venezuelan history to these days when characters like the Cabello and Chacon clans are properly looting all what they can from the public treasury. Many noted Venezuelan writers and scholars contributed to this magna opus of Venezuelan historical letters. The new Geo Venezuela will carry all the maps you can think of, national and regional, political and geographical, with many pictures to back the description and even Audubon like drawings of plants and animals. On occasion I run into an intellectual construct that truly excites me.
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Features photographs, illustrations, national maps, information on folkloric dances, parks, and a developmental chronology of the petroleum industry.
America is one, from Prudhoe Bay to Ushuai.
Venezuela News And Views: Recommended History Books
I have found spelling mistakes more often than expected, and in Spanish it is rather difficult to have spelling mistakes if you have an average editor. I have listed my choice in no particular order, just as I grabbed in my bookshelves the ones that marked me.
Book 5 editions published in in Spanish and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide Componente fundamental del abastecimiento alimentario. This precious venezuelw eventually will make you realize more than ever that the place where you grew up and live is always more than the sum of its parts.
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However when everything is said ;olar done, these books succeed for that rare quality in scholarly material: Only when the easy money of oil came a change came in the way Venezuelan elites were formed and pollar.
He did his homework, talked to as many people as he could and even if the tried to be as objective as he could he could not fail to see Chavez for what he is, a threat to liberty because of his huge egotistic nature driving his delirium. Yes, random chapters as you need not read the whole thing linearly, even though I suppose it would be advisable. This, in my opinion, and perhaps because of my scientific education, is rather unacceptable.
The general index is on the left side and you can click for a larger picture, as you can do on all other pictures of this post. As such with the arrival of Chavez in that premonition came to pass since almost from the start chavismo has been busy rewriting Venezuelan history, distorting it and changing names.
Los estandartes de la Independencia: All through the XIX century elite is best applied to the groups that hold power rather than wealth since wealth was land and the people who worked your land. I do understand that creating an index for such a genre is rather difficult and there is probably a general index planned for ce end.
However I can assure you that volume 2 is equally fascinating and that starting next month I will purchase the other ones, tome by tome, so as to give me plenty of time to peruse them at leisure. Not so much for the details, which are very limited in a booklet of less than pages, but for the interpretation of Venezuelan history.
The DHV veenzuela become the reference book for anyone writing about Venezuela and wishing to have a factual and accurate account of the different names, events and places that made Venezuelan history.
The other ones were organized so as to be buffer and protect these regions. First I have been surprised at a rather lax editing.
See, chavismo has that mythic vision that the natives before Columbus arrival were walking around naked, in loving peace and living off a few fish they caught and some fruits and manioc they dug. Note also that Trinidad was settled first by French and Spaniards but that for many reasons the settlement was never strong enough and allowed the English eventually to take over.
Published before anyone thought seriously that Chavez would become president. If we accept, as Braudel says, that geography is the first chapter of History, which in in a way it is a very obvious truth, thus this geographical opus is a work that was awaiting us for a long time, possibly since the very moment we decided to face the making of the DHV.
And yet his conservative and reactionary mind makes him see Venezuela as still an agrarian country.
Venezuela was a smallish settled area near the cost which was in charge of managing two of the major empty zones of the Spanish Empire, the Llanos and Guayana the other ones being the Mexican North, the Argentinian Pampas and Patagonia, and the Chaco. It is certain that if the state were to take over Polar, such a book could not be edited anymore with the necessary objectivity, certainly not inside Venezuela.
Diccionario de historia de Venezuela - Fundación Polar - Google Books
I am going to translate below the middle paragraph because it says it all. First, a chart of the percentage of Urban Population in Venezuela. You can find an example in the Eastern map at the time of Humboldt when the green triangle of the map do not match the green triangle of the legend. The Andean settlement fuhdacion from what is today Colombia in yellow. Thus she was ideally equipped to write this assay about the myths that define us as a country and which explain so much of what drives politicians today, too concerned with a glorious past that is part imaginary, too often misinterpreted and that gave us our own "Bolivar father complex" of a certain Oedipal nature if one dares write such a notion.
Yet, I must bring in some criticism.