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Piety, power, and politics : religion and nation formation in Guatemala, 1821-1871

Author: Douglass Sullivan-González; University of Pittsburgh. University Library System. Digital Research Library.
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©1998.
Series: Pitt Latin American series.; University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions.
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"Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez examines the influence of religion on the development of nationalism in Guatemala during the period 1821-1871, focusing on the relationship between Rafael Carrera and the Guatemalan Catholic Church. He illustrates the peculiar and fascinating blend of religious fervor, popular power, and caudillo politics that inspired a multiethnic and multiclass alliance to defend the Guatemalan nation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 97045346
(OCoLC)38047945
Named Person: Rafael Carrera; Rafael Carrera
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Douglass Sullivan-González; University of Pittsburgh. University Library System. Digital Research Library.
OCLC Number: 182747908
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Digital Research Library, 2007. (University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions)
Description: 1 electronic resource (xiii, 182 p.)
Contents: 1. Piety, Power, and Politics --
2. Catholic Church Regroups --
3. Popular Protest and Religious Commotions --
4. Covenant --
5. Carrera, the Church, and Nation Formation --
6. What Changed?
Series Title: Pitt Latin American series.; University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions.
Responsibility: Douglass Sullivan-González.

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"Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez examines the influence of religion on the development of nationalism in Guatemala during the period 1821-1871, focusing on the relationship between Rafael Carrera and the Guatemalan Catholic Church. He illustrates the peculiar and fascinating blend of religious fervor, popular power, and caudillo politics that inspired a multiethnic and multiclass alliance to defend the Guatemalan nation in the mid-nineteenth century." "Sullivan-Gonzalez shows that religious discourse and ritual were crucial to the successful construction and defense of independent Guatemala. Sermons commemorating independence from Spain developed a covenantal theology that affirmed divine protection if the Guatemalan people embraced Catholicism. Sullivan-Gonzalez examines the extent to which this religious and nationalist discourse was popularly appropriated." "Though populist and antidemocratic, the historic legacy of the Carrera years is the Guatemalan nation. Sullivan-Gonzalez details how theological discourse, popular claims emerging from mestizo and Indian communities, and the caudillo's ability to finesse his enemies enabled Carrera to bring together divergent and contradictory interests to bind many nations into one."--BOOK JACKET.

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