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A History of the British Presence in Chile: From Bloody Mary to Charles Darwin and the Decline of British Influence

A History of the British Presence in Chile: From Bloody Mary to Charles Darwin and the Decline of British Influence (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Edmundson, William

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This book sets out to narrate the contributions to and influence on the history of Chile that British visitors and immigrants have had, not as bystanders but as key players, starting in 1554 with the English Queen 'Bloody Mary' becoming Queen of Chile, and ending with the decline... read full description below.

ISBN 9780230114838
Barcode 9780230114838
Published 28 September 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan
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ISBN-13 9780230114838
ISBN-10 0230114830
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Imprint Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date 28 September 2011
International Publication Date 19 October 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Edmundson, William
Category American History
History of Other Lands
Number of Pages 276
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 374g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Culture-Study and teaching, Imperialism, Great Britain-History, America-History, Ethnology
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text Adult education
Dewey Code 983
Catalogue Code 443356

Description of this Book

Chileans are often called the 'English of South America'. This book narrates the tremendous influence that British visitors and immigrants have had on the history of Chile, starting in 1554 with 'Bloody Mary' becoming Queen of Chile. This is an informed, comprehensive, and balanced account that includes original research, and will appeal to students of Latin American history, the general reader, and travelers to Chile. Edmundson tells several stories, including Charles Darwin's seventeen months in Chile, the British stamp on the history of Patagonia, the story of the 'Nitrate King', and British participation in the War of Independence.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review '[Edmundson] has written such an excellent book which ought to appeal to anyone with an interest in Chile. Well-researched and concise, it is an appetite-warming guide for further reading and should be recommended to newcomers planning to spend much time in the country.' - Chilean News, (the Bulletin of the Anglo-Chilean Society in London), Year 66, No. 376, 10-11. April 2010 'I congratulate William Edmundson on bringing this important, but largely forgotten, part of Chilean history to the general public.' - Victor C. Hawkins, Chairman, British Commonwealth Society, Chile 'As the modern-day visitor can readily confirm, Chilean attitudes toward Britain are warm and admiring. William Edmundson's book is a well-documented account of how those ties were formed, starting even before the war of independence was won. He has researched extensively the motives -- industrial, commercial, and scientific, among others -- that brought adventurous and enterprising Britons to Chile, many adopting the country as their new homeland. This is an intriguing, informative book, relevant to the times, and worthy of inclusion in any Foreign Studies curriculum.' - Duncan Campbell, Site Administrator, The British Presence in Southern Patagonia 'This book provides a lot of useful reference material for anyone with Chilean ancestors or whose ancestors pursued careers there.' - Jessie Denholm, The Scottish Genealogist 'A very well researched book, really entertaining reading, explaining hundreds of years of interaction between these two countries and the traces seen today in Chile' -- Luis Mansilla Miranda, customer review on Amazon.com

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Author's Bio

William (Eddie) Edmundson works as a consultant and writer in Recife, Brazil, following a career in teacher training and management with the British Council that has taken him to Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and his most recent appointment as Director Cuba. Fluent in Spanish (and Portuguese), he started research into the history of the British presence in Chile while Director of the Chilean-British Institute in Concepcion, in 1984-1990. His most recent book also has a strong focus on Chile - The Nitrate King: A biography of John Thomas North, published April 2011. William Edmundson has also published widely on English language teaching, and on the survival of steam locomotives in Latin America.

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