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- Item“Good Indians”, “Bad Indians”, “What Christians?”: The Dark Side of the New World in Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés (1478-1557)(Latin American Studies Program, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2002-08-15) Coello de la Rosa, AlexandreThe purpose of this article is to explore the discursive flaws and moral contradictions in Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo’s writings. These contradictions stem from his post as a royal chronicler of the Indies, which pitted him forcefully against the diabolical Indians while exalting Spain’s providential design, on the one hand, and his own judgment, which led him to criticize the arrogance, greed and military incompetence of some Spanish conquistadors, on the other.
- ItemCivil-Military Relations in Brazil and the Coup of 1945: The Application of a New Model to Explain Military Behavior(Latin American Studies Program, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2002-08-15) Magalhães, Mariano J.Recent events in Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, and Colombia demonstrate very clearly that democracy remains unconsolidated in Latin America. The instability brought about by massive corruption, populism, economic chaos and guerrilla warfare also indicates that the sustainability of democracy rests on a number of factors. In this paper I apply a theory of military behavior to the 1945 coup d’etat in Brazil that deposed the dictator Getulio Vargas.