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Connections after Colonialism, Connections after Colonialism, 0817317767, 0-8173-1776-7, 978-0-8173-1776-8, 9780817317768, , Atlantic Crossings, Connections after Colonialism, 0817386394, 0-8173-8639-4, 978-0-8173-8639-9, 9780817386399, , Atlantic Crossing

Connections after Colonialism
Europe and Latin America in the 1820s

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2013. 344 pp.
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344 pp.
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Contributing to the historiography of transnational and global transmission of ideas, Connections after Colonialism examines relations between Europe and Latin America during the tumultuous 1820s.
In the Atlantic World, the 1820s was a decade marked by the rupture of colonial relations, the independence of Latin America, and the ever-widening chasm between the Old World and the New. Connections after Colonialism, edited by Matthew Brown and Gabriel Paquette, builds upon recent advances in the history of colonialism and imperialism by studying former colonies and metropoles through the same analytical lens, as part of an attempt to understand the complex connections—political, economic, intellectual, and cultural—between Europe and Latin America that survived the demise of empire.
Historians are increasingly aware of the persistence of robust links between Europe and the new Latin American nations. This book focuses on connections both during the events culminating with independence and in subsequent years, a period strangely neglected in European and Latin American scholarship. Bringing together distinguished historians of both Europe and America, the volume reveals a new cast of characters and relationships ranging from unrepentant American monarchists, compromise seeking liberals in Lisbon and Madrid who envisioned transatlantic federations, and British merchants in the River Plate who saw opportunity where others saw risk to public moralists whose audiences spanned from Paris to Santiago de Chile and plantation owners in eastern Cuba who feared that slave rebellions elsewhere in the Caribbean would spread to their island.


Matthew Brown / Will Fowler / Josep M.
Fradera / Carrie Gibson / Brian Hamnett /
Maurizio Isabella / Iona Macintyre / Scarlett
O’Phelan Godoy / Gabriel Paquette / David
Rock / Christopher Schmidt-Nowara / Jay
Sexton / Reuben Zahler

Matthew Brown is a reader in Latin American studies at the University of Bristol. He is writing a short history of Latin America’s relationship with global empires since Independence.

Gabriel Paquette is an assistant professor in history at the Johns Hopkins University. He was previously a research fellow in history at Trinity College, Cambridge, and a lecturer at Harvard University. He is the author of Enlightenment, Governance, and Reform in Spain and Its Empire, 1759–1808 and the editor of Enlightened Reform in Southern Europe and Its Atlantic Colonies, c. 1750–1830.


“Paquette and Brown have brought together an eminent group of scholars to reexamine the critical decade of the 1820s, long ignored, or misinterpreted, by historians of the Atlantic world. Traditionally these years are seen as marking the collapse of European rule and the emergence of new nations, a period of separation and disintegration of old patterns of social, economic, institutional, and international relations. They argue persuasively that the period needs serious reevaluation in this highly original and important work that is sure to begin the process.”—Kenneth Maxwell, author of Conflicts and Conspiracies: Brazil and Portugal, 1750–1808

“This volume represents an important contribution to the expanding understanding of Atlantic history.” —Hispanic American Historical Review

“Connections after Colonialism constitutes a significant contribution to a growing body of historical research that emphasises the persistence of links between Europe and Latin America in the wake of Latin American independence. It should inspire researchers to move beyond the boundaries of a nation-based or area studies-based analysis of the processes of change in the early nineteenth-century and to reassess the 1820s as a key decade in the cultural, political and intellectual evolution of Europe and Latin America in the Age of Revolutions.” —Reviews in History

“The book’s most novel contributions concern ... Latin America’s influence on European political culture.”—History Today

“The transnational and comparative approach of the volume is . . . a sterling way to overcome the national prisms so long prevalent in the study of the formative decades of Latin American nation states. It is, thus, well suited to remedy the relative neglect the 1820s have received—not so much in the number of individual studies but in considering it as a separate unit of analysis and a fulcrum in the overall development of Atlantic history.”—H-Soz-u-Kult

"[This] collection makes an important contribution to our understanding of a decade that . . . remains relatively neglected by historians. It confirms the fruitfulness of the 'Atlantic World' framework and of transnational approaches for an understanding of the nineteenth century . . . in Latin America."—Journal of Latin American Studies                              

"Every chapter . . .  contributes to the editors' refreshing approach to the 1820s."—Itinerario

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