The vanguard of the Atlantic world : creating modernity, nation, and democracy in nineteenth-century Latin America / James E. Sanders.

By: Sanders, James E, 1971-Material type: TextTextPublisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2014Description: xi, 339 pages ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780822357643; 082235764X; 9780822357803; 0822357801Subject(s): Latin America -- Politics and government -- 19th century | Latin America -- History -- 19th century | Democracy -- History -- 19th centuryDDC classification: 980.03 LOC classification: F1413 | .S26 2014
Contents:
Introduction: American republican modernity -- Garibaldi, the Garibaldinos, and the Guerra Grande -- "A pueblo unfit to live among civilized nations" : conceptions of modernity after independence -- The San Patricio Battalion -- Eagles of American democracy: the flowering of American republican modernity -- Francisco Bilbao and the Atlantic imagination -- David Peña and black liberalism -- The collapse of American republican modernity -- Conclusion: a "gift that the New World has sent us."
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-329) and index.

Introduction: American republican modernity -- Garibaldi, the Garibaldinos, and the Guerra Grande -- "A pueblo unfit to live among civilized nations" : conceptions of modernity after independence -- The San Patricio Battalion -- Eagles of American democracy: the flowering of American republican modernity -- Francisco Bilbao and the Atlantic imagination -- David Peña and black liberalism -- The collapse of American republican modernity -- Conclusion: a "gift that the New World has sent us."

Text in English.

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It is a common assumption that Latin American countries were riven with faction, militarism, and corruption in the decades after independence. Sanders (Utah State Univ.) argues that politicians and statesmen in the region actually created innovative, modern functional structures of democratic practice that were the most advanced in the world at the time. Although this "American republican modernity" began as an elite-dominated project, it eventually came to encompass subaltern groups in a conscious and meaningful way. Sanders correctly notes that Latin American political cultures definitively organized themselves around the fundamental principle of republicanism nearly a century before European monarchies fell. In this sense, they were committed to a re-examination of values, structures, and political cultures long before these issues reshaped European polities. Sanders even goes so far as to claim this represents "a key moment in world history." The book focuses mainly on the midcentury period, roughly 1840-80, and covers important encounters between transatlantic republicans in the process of nation building--for example, Giuseppe Garibaldi in Uruguay and Brazil, the San Patricio (St. Patrick's) Battalion in the Mexican-American War, and the black liberalism of David Peña in Colombia. An important book. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --Karen L. Racine, University of Guelph

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James E. Sanders is Professor of History at Utah State University. He is the author of Contentious Republicans: Popular Politics, Race, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Colombia , also published by Duke University Press.

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