The Struggle for Power in Post-Independence Colombia and Venezuela

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This book is a collective biography of the veterans of the battle of El Santuario (1829), which examines the history of the imperial conflicts that shaped politics and society in Colombia and Venezuela after independence from colonial rule. After the battle, an Irish mercenary in the Colombian service, Rupert Hand, murdered a rebel general, José María Córdova. The analysis, stretching from 1820 to 1854, situates this imperial murder and the battle it followed within its regional, national, and Atlantic contexts, ...

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Overview

This book is a collective biography of the veterans of the battle of El Santuario (1829), which examines the history of the imperial conflicts that shaped politics and society in Colombia and Venezuela after independence from colonial rule. After the battle, an Irish mercenary in the Colombian service, Rupert Hand, murdered a rebel general, José María Córdova. The analysis, stretching from 1820 to 1854, situates this imperial murder and the battle it followed within its regional, national, and Atlantic contexts, and shows how local processes and imperial ambitions shaped the history of nation-building in the nineteenth century. Using the lives and writings of soldiers, lovers, diplomats, explorers, slaves, librarians and murderers, Brown here uncovers the history of nation-building and imperial expansion in Latin America during the nineteenth century.

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"All too often, historians have let ideologies or identities speak for actors' motivations and explain their actions. Brown reminds us that personal interests were at stake as well. Piecing together this level of detail is an impressive effort and Brown should be congratulated for his reconstruction." - The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History

"Matthew Brown once again provides a deftly-handled collective biography of the many people, nationalities and power struggles that collided in a battlefield situation during Colombia's independence. Carefully-researched, engagingly-written, fast-paced and historiographically-complex, the book is destined to become the standard work on the Battle of El Santuario. A truly impressive account that manages never to lose sight of the real people underneath the uniforms." - Karen Racine, associate professor of History, University of Guelph

"A wonderful tale of espionage and strange bedfellows." - Rebecca Earle, professor of History, University of Warwick

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230341319
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Series: Studies of the Americas Series
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

MATTHEW BROWN is a reader in Latin American Studies at the University of Bristol. His previous major publications include Connections after Colonialism: Europe and Latin America in the 1820s (ed. with Gabriel Paquette, 2012), Informal Empire in Latin America: Culture, Commerce and Capital (ed., 2008), Adventuring through Spanish Colonies: Simón Bolívar, Foreign Mercenaries and the Birth of New Nations (2006), and Militares extranjeros en la independencia de Colombia: Nuevas Perspectivas (ed. with Martín Alonso Roa Celis, 2005). He was editor and translator of Simón Bolívar: The Bolivarian Revolution, with an introduction by Hugo Chávez (2009).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Prologue xv

Abbreviations xix

Notes on Style xxi

Maps xxi

Cast of Principal Characters at the Battle of El Santuario, October 17, 1829 xxiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The World in Revolution 15

Chapter 2 The Narrowing Stage: From Global to Local 27

Chapter 3 The Road to War 39

Chapter 4 The Battle of El Santuario 61

Chapter 5 Counterrevolutions 75

Chapter 6 Trials and Exiles 95

Chapter 7 National Consolidation 115

Chapter 8 Wars and Repatriations 129

Chapter 9 The End of Bolivarian Networks 145

Epilogue 167

Conclusion 171

Notes 177

Bibliography 221

Index 239

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