Charles D. Ameringer

in The Socialist Impulse

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033099
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038124 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses José Batlle y Ordóñez, a former president of Uruguay, and his determination to disarm the Blancos and end the policy of divided government in Uruguay. Batlle was driven by the socialist impulse, but he hid this propensity until he had solidified his political base and unified the country. Batlle was able to set in motion the process for creating a new constitution that would “institutionalize” the reforms of his two administrations. He also almost single-handedly fulfilled the socialist impulse in Uruguay.

Keywords: Batlle y Ordóñez; Uruguay; Blancos; divided government; socialist impulse; constitution; administration

Chapter.  5095 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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