Rafael Carrera and the Emergence of the Republic of Guatemala, 1821–1871

Ralph Lee Woodward Jr.


"Woodward has presented the field with all that is known, and perhaps knowable, about the figure of Rafael Carrera."
American Historical Review

"This book, Woodward's latest contribution to his decades-long work on the region, is a thoughtful and long-awaited reassessment."

"[Woodward] uses a wide range of primary sources and furnished the reader with an excellent biography. A significant work in the field of nineteenth-century Latin American history."

"No previous work on a major figure, movement or country of Central America so thoroughly puts the titled topic to rest. . . . It provides a benchmark from which to orient the isthmian historical terrain."
Hispanic American Historical Review

"Based on extensive research, Ralph Woodward's scholarly book gives a detailed and balanced account of Carrera's political career and conservative legacy."
British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America, The Caribbean, Portugal and Spain

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Rafael Carrera (1814-1865) ruled Guatemala from about 1839 until his death. Among Central America’s many political strongmen, he is unrivaled in the length of his domination and the depth of his popularity. This “life and times” biography explains the political, social, economic, and cultural circumstances that preceded and then facilitated Carrera’s ascendancy and shows how Carrera in turn fomented changes that persisted long after his death and far beyond the borders of Guatemala.
Page count: 648 pp.
29 tables, 3 maps, 10 figures
Trim size: 6.125 x 9.25


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Ralph Lee Woodward Jr. is Emeritus Professor of History at Tulane University. His books include A Short History of Guatemala and Central America, a Nation Divided.