List of maps; Preface; 1. The origins of Spanish American independence John Lynch; 2. The independence of Mexico and Central America Timothy Anna; 3. The independence of Spanish South America David Bushnell; 4. The independence of Brazil Leslie Bethell; 5. International politics and Latin American independence D. A. G. Waddell; A note on the Church and the independence of Latin America Leslie Bethell; Bibliographical essays; Index.