Combining history, sociology, and political commentary, Sarmiento explores the Facundo, Or, Civilization and Barbarism Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. A classic work of Latin American literature, Domingo Sarmiento’s Facundo has become an integral part of the history, politics, and culture of Latin America since . opposing values of Civilization and Barbarism. It was suggested that 1 Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Facundo: Civilización y barbarie, El Libro de. Bolsillo.

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Facundo: or Civilization and Barbarism

Facundo was present as the governor of La Rioja. Aug 01, Luciano rated it it was ok. On the parts that I thought would be of the utmost importance they were explained in very vague terms which half the time I did doming know what he was getting at.

His arrogance reminds me of Benjamin Franklin. Return to Book Page. Chapters not individually listed.

Account Options Sign in. Spanish critic and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno comments of the book, “I never took Facundo by Sarmiento as a historical work, nor do I think it can be very valued in that regard. He plays a huge role in Argentine history and is responsible for many wonderful aspects of Argentine culture, but ultimately I somingo the feeling he was just kind of a snobby old racist who hated anyone who wasn’t a white european wannabe.


Making use of the connection between writing and power was one of Sarmiento’s strategies.

He became president of Argentina in and was finally able to apply his theories to ensure that his nation achieved civilization. I always thought of it as a literary work, as a historical novel”.

Facundo – Wikipedia

A Spark of Humanity. Books by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. The book was a critical analysis of Argentine culture as he saw it, represented in men such as Rosas and the regional leader Juan Facundo Quirogaa warlord from La Rioja. Sarmiento criticizes Rosas by using the words of the dictator, making sarcastic remarks about Rosas’s actions, and describing the “terror” established during the dictatorship, the contradictions of the government, and the situation in the provinces that were ruled by Facundo.

The cities overcame the Spaniards, and were in their turn overcome by the country districts. Rout of La Madrid’s Army.

What does this mean? The Rule of the Strongest. There is to much emphasis placed on trying to describe in great detail mundane things while not getting to the important issues at hand. I agree with his criticisms of Rosas, but comparing gauchos to arabs to imply that they, aborigins and Spaniards are uncivilized as opposed to Anglo-Saxons and Frenchmen is taking things a bit too far. The book brings nineteenth-century Latin American history to life even as it raises questions still being debated today—questions regarding the “civilized” city versus the “barbaric” countryside, the treatment of indigenous and African populations, and the classically liberal plan of modernization.


Penguin- History – pages. Table of Contents Facundo: Account Options Sign in. School of La Patria. Sarmiento then moves on to the Argentine peasants, who are “independent of all need, free of all subjection, with no idea of government”.

University of California Press- History – pages. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Oct 01, Scott rated it liked it. Refresh and try again. Historian David Rock argues that “contemporary opponents civilizatuon Rosas as a bloody tyrant and a symbol of barbarism”. Covered with bruises received the day before from unruly soldiers, he dominfo in French, “On ne tue point les idees” misquoted from “on ne tire pas des coups de fusil aux idees”, which means “ideas cannot be killed by guns”.

Made Governor of San Juan.

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