Independence in Latin America

Jeremy Adelman

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This article bridges the colonial and the national period in a discussion of the independence movements. This topic, part of foundational narratives in the region, once represented the core of Latin American history. The shift to structural and socioeconomic analysis after the 1960s led to a period neglect of a topic that came to be considered too Whiggish and celebratory or, at best, not particularly consequential. But a renewed interest in political history and, more recently, the expectation of several bicentenaries in 2010, have brought a new crop of studies of the emancipation process. By following historians' changing attitudes on the theme, the article also tells us much about the intellectual climate in Latin America during the last half century.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Latin American History
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940479
ISBN (Print)9780195166217
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Colonial period
  • Emancipation
  • Independence movements
  • Intellectual climate


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