- Title: Una relación compleja: Paraguay y Brasil 1889-1954
Title:(A complex relationship: Paraguay and Brazil 1889-1954)
- Subject: Paraguay - History and foreign relations,
Assunto: Brazil - foreign relations
- Year: 2011
- Author: Francisco Doratioto
- Format: 16x22,5
- Pages: 556
- Publisher: Editorial Tiempo de Historia
- ISBN: 9789996760938
Una relación compleja: Paraguay y Brasil 1889-1954
(A complex relationship: Paraguay and Brazil 1889-1954)
- The Editors
In the 65 years that passed between the proclamation of the Republic of Brazil in 1889 and the coup d’etat that deposed president Federico Chaves in Paraguay in 1954, the relations between the two countries made a long way from taking distance to cautious rapprochement.
- With an exhaustive research in archives of Brazil, Paraguay, Argentine, and Spain, Francisco Doratioto reconstructs this process through the lenses of its main diplomatic protagonists, privileged observers – and occasionally actors – of a captivating and complex period of the Paraguayan history marked by revolutions, conspiracies, coup d’etats, and a war with Bolivia.
- This abundant, often confidential documentation, analyzed and contrasted with rigor by the author, sheds new light on these events and their backstage while sketching neatly general tendencies that pervade the period: Paraguay’s urgent necessity to improve its communication channels with the exterior to reduce its economic dependency on Argentine, the difficult balance between two great neighbors, and the back and forth of a tough process for democracy and political stability, nearly always aloof.
- For all this, Una relación compleja is an essential contribution to the understanding of the first half of Paraguay’s 20th century and its relations with Brazil.
"Brazil is and wants to be a friend of Paraguay,
whoever the men who govern it.
There is no conflict of interests between the two countries.
We do not have pretentions to exercise political influence
in none of the bordering States.
What we wish with great sincerity and conviction is
that all of them may live in peace, prosper and enrich.
A turbulent neighbor is always a bothering and dangerous neighbor".
Barão de Rio Branco to Brazílio Itiberê da Cunha;
Reserved Document no. 3, Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 1st, 1905
"(...) fifty years
of political and military anarchy
left the country as it is:
poor, without credit, and waste".