The Road to Armageddon

Paraguay Versus the Triple Alliance, 1866-70

The Road to Armageddon

In 1864 the capture of Brazilian steamer the Marquês de Olinda initiated South America's most significant war. Thousands of Brazilian, Argentine, and Uruguayan soldiers engaged in a protracted siege of Paraguay, leaving the Paraguayan economy and population devastated. The suffering defied imagination and left a tradition of bad feelings, changing politics in South America forever.

This is the definitive work on the Triple Alliance War. Thomas L. Whigham examines key personalities and military engagements while exploring the effects of the conflict on individuals, Paraguayan society, and the continent as a whole. The Road to Armageddon is the first book utilize a broad range of primary sources and materials, including testimony from the men and women who witnessed the war first-hand.

Table des matières

Table des matières
Front Cover 1
Half Title Page 2
Series Page 3
Full Title Page 4
Copyright Page 5
Dedication 6
Maps 8
Table of Contents 16
Acknowledgments 18
Abbreviations 20
Illustrations 22
Introduction 42
1 | THE ARMIES INVADE 56
2 | VAST FIELDS OF DEATH 84
3 | A MARCH THROUGH THE SWAMPS 110
4 | RISKS AND SETBACKS 132
5 | THE ALLIES STUMBLE 160
6 | INNOVATIONS AND LIMITATIONS 190
7 | THE ONGOING RESISTANCE 218
8 | THE COST OFENDURANCE 246
9 | A CRUEL ATTRITION 274
10 | THE NATION CONSUMES ITS OWN 298
11 | BLEEDING, DROP BY DROP 318
12 | THE DECEMBER CAMPAIGN 340
13 | ANOTHER PAUSE 364
14 | RESISTANCE TO NO AVAIL 390
15 | THE NEW PARAGUAY AND THE OLD 414
16 | THE END OF IT 432
Epilogue 458
Notes 472
Notes to Introduction 472
Notes to Chapter 1 475
Notes to Chapter 2 483
Notes to Chapter 3 491
Notes to Chapter 4 496
Notes to Chapter 5 502
Notes to Chapter 6 513
Notes to Chapter 7 524
Notes to Chapter 8 533
Notes to Chapter 9 544
Notes to Chapter 10 551
Notes to Chapter 11 562
Notes to Chapter 12 568
Notes to Chapter 13 576
Notes to Chapter 14 588
Notes to Chapter 15 598
Notes to Chapter 16 605
Notes to Epilogue 617
Glossary 624
Bibliography 630
Index 662
Untitled 674