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Triple Alliance War
5. 20th century: 1900-1954
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Chaco War
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Useful English language sites on the history of Paraguay are limited. These links indicate some of the more valuable. I would be grateful for suggestions of others to include, in Spanish, as well as English.   
lesfearns@casahistoria.net

 

1. General History                                                                                go to top of page
 

Documentary materials

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3. Spanish Conquest & Jesuit Missions         go to top of page

 

The Missions

 

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4. 19th Century         go to top of page
 

Politics of Paraguay Paraguayan Revolts Triple Alliance war 1865-1866


 
John Gimlette: At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig

Ostensibly a travel book, this was the surprise bestseller of 2003. It has a silly title, and a surreal cover (even more so in the US) but it is a knowledgeable voyage through the 19th and 20th century history of the Guarani homeland.


In this grimly amusing book Gimlette reveals the horrors and absurdities of the past as well as the present, but reading between the lines he has an affection for this blighted country, incarcerated in the centre of a continent and the pawn of its larger and stronger neighbours - whose politicians though are no brighter than those of Paraguay. Pobre paraguayos....

 


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5. 20th century: 1900 - 54         go to top of page
 

Paraguay Politics

The Chaco War
Paraguayan Revolts, Coups Miscellaneous

 

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6. Stroessner and military dictatorship 1954-89   go to top of page   

 

The Military Regimes For casahistoria links to the military regimes of other Latin American states at this time


The 1954 Coup Stroessner

      2006 Stroessner obituaries that give useful overviews of period: The Stroessner Regime - the Stronato Opposition Repression
  • Paraguay's archive of terror BBC article on the Stroessner terror
  • A Terrorist (& Fall-Guys) at Work in Paraguay By John Clancy, [24 Nov 2001]. Notes on a BBC Documentary (1992). After three decades of systematic persecution in Paraguay, opponents have been given complete access to detailed documents referring to a dictator's regime propped up by the West.
  • Operation Condor Documents: Rendition in the Southern Cone Revealed from Paraguays "Archive of Terror". US National Security Archive essay intro & documents relating to the pivotal case of Chilean Jorge Isaac Fuentes Alarcón and Argentine Amílcar Santucho, who were detained in Paraguay in May 1975, and whose interrogation under torture led to the decision by Chilean secret police chief Manual Contreras to formalize coordination against the left among the Southern Cone military states.
  • Colonial past, troubled present By Kevin G. Hall, San Jose Mercury News, Sunday 18 February 2001. Paraguay—In a musty, water-stained office in Paraguay's main Justice building, thousands of documents from the darkest days of former dictator Gen. Alfredo Stroessner's 35-year reign are rotting.
  • Beacon or Brushwood? Go to page 10 as it presents a Case Study of Human Rights in Paraguay during the Stronato. Mike Mecham document for Chatham House. One week after the 1989 coup, workers plaster over bullet holes and repair the front walls of the Presidential Escort Regiment headquarters, Asunción. Click for full size. Richard S. Sacks. §
After the Stronato
  • The Enduring General Interesting 2004 article excerpts by Isabel Hilton for Granta magazine describing her impressions of the impact of the Stroessner period, firstly after a research visit in 1989 shortly after his fall and then in 1991. Good feeling of time and place.
  • Transition to Democracy in Paraguay 1992 Detailed contextual report for the Kellogg Institute by Nancy Powers.

 

 

 

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7. Paraguay after Stroessner         go to top of page

 

 

  • Lino Oviedo BBC Profile
  • Jungle Hub for World's Outlaws Ciudad del Este, on Paraguay's border with Brazil and Argentina, has been a smugglers paradise for decades. But an influx of gangsters and terrorists now makes it a symbol of the globalization of crime. From LA Times, 1998
  • Paraguay Amnesty international site on Paraguay.
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