Latin American Revolutions

Below you’ll find a cursory list of books and articles on revolutions in Latin America. Roberto Breña wrote a critical bibliographic essay on the Latin American Revolution, with emphasis on the Spanish-language literature. 

***It is also important to note that these Latin American Revolutions also form an important side of a much larger hemispheric and Atlantic revolutionary tradition. With this in mind, many of these works should be read alongside other works listed in our American Revolution, Haitian Revolution, and Atlantic Revolutions bibliographies. ***

Jeremy Adelman, “An Age of Imperial Revolutions” American Historical Review 113:2 (2008).

Adelman, Jeremy. Sovereignty and Revolution in the Iberian Atlantic. Princeton University Press, 2006.

Anna, Timothy E. Spain and The Loss of America. University of Nebraska Press, 1983.

Arana, Marie. Bolívar: American Liberator. Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Archer, Christon, I. The Wars of Independence in Spanish AmericaRoutledge, 2000.

Arrom, Silvia. The Women of Mexico City, 1790-1857.  Stanford University Press, 1985.

Aviña, Alexander. Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican CountrysideOxford University Press, 2014.

Bethell, Leslie, ed. The Independence of Latin America. Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Blanchard, Peter. Slavery and Abolition in Early Republican Peru. Rowman & Littlefield, 1992.

—. Under the Flags of Freedom: Slave Soldiers and the Wars of Independence in Spanish South America. University of Pittsburg Press, 2008.

Borucki, Alex. From Shipmates to Soldiers: Emerging Black Identities in the Rio de la Plata. University of New Mexico Press, 2015.

Brading, David. Classical Republicanism and Creole Patriotism: Simón Bolívar (1783-1830) and the Spanish American Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Breña, Roberto. El imperio de las circunstancias. Marcial Pons/El Colegio de México, 2012.

Brewster, Claire. “Women and the Spanish-American Wars of Independence: An Overview.” Feminist Review 79 (2005): 21-35.

Brown, Matthew. “Adventurers, Foreign Women and Masculinity in the Colombian Wars of Independence.” Feminist Review 79 (2005): 36-51.

—. Adventuring Through Spanish Colonies: Simón Bolívar, Foreign Mercenaries and the Birth of New Nations. Liverpool University Press, 2006.

Bushnell, David. The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself. University of California Press, 1993.

—, ed. Frederick H. Fornoff trans. El Libertador: Writings of Simon Bolivar. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Bushnell, David and Neill Macaulay. The Emergence of Latin America in the Nineteenth Century 2nd Ed.Oxford University Press, 1994.

Cañizares-Esguerra, Jorge, ed.  Nature, Empire and Nation: Explorations of the History of Science in the Iberian World. Stanford University Press, 2006.

Chambers, Sarah C.  From Subjects to Citizens: Honor, Gender, and Politics in Arequipa, Peru, 1780-1850. Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999.

—. “Republican Friendship: Manuela Sáenz Writes Women into the Nation, 1835-1856.” Hispanic American Historical Review 81, 2 (2001): 225-57.

Chambers, Sarah C. and John Charles Chasteen. Latin American Independence: An Anthology of Sources. Hackett, 2010.

Chasteen, John Charles. Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Cherpak, Evelyn, “The Participation of Women in the Independence Movement in Gran Colombia, 1780-1830.”  In Latin American Women, ed. Asunción Lavrín.  Greenwood Press, 1978.  Pp. 219-234.

Chust, Manuel and José Antonio Serrano, Debates sobre las independencias iberoamericanas. Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2007.

Connaughton, Brian F. Clerical Ideology in a Revolutionary Age: The Guadalajara Church and the Idea of the Mexican Nation (1788-1853).  University of Calgary Press and University Press of Colorado, 2003.

Costeloe, Michael P. Response to Revolution: Imperial Spain and the Spanish American Revolutions, 1810-1840. Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Davies, Catherine, Claire Brewster, and Hilary Owen. South American Independence: Gender, Politics, Text. Liverpool University Press, 2011.

Domínguez, Jorge I. Insurrection or Loyalty: The Breakdown of the Spanish American Empire. Harvard University Press, 1980.

Echeverri, Marcela. Indian and Slave Royalists in the Age of Revolution: Reform, Revolution, and Royalism in the Northern Andes, 1780-1825. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

—. “Popular Royalists, Empire, and Politics in Southwestern New Granada, 1809-1819,” Hispanic American Historical Review. 91, no. 2 (2011); 237-269.

Ferreira, Roquinaldo. Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Atlantic World: Angola and Brazil during the Era of the Slave Trade. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

French, William E. and Katherine Elaine Bliss. Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Latin America Since Independence. Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.

Guedea, Virginia.  The Process of Mexican Independence.” AHR 105 (Feb 2000): 116-130.

Hamnett, Brian.  Process and Pattern: A Re-examination of the Ibero-American Independence Movements, 1808-1926,” Journal of Latin American Studies. 29, no. 2 (May, 1997); 279-328.

Harvey, Robert. Liberators: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence. Overlook Press, 2000.

Kinsbruner, Jay. The Colonial Spanish American City: Urban Life in the Age of Atlantic Capitalism. University of Texas Press, 2005

Kinsbruner, Jay. Independence in Spanish America: Revolutions, Civil Wars, and Underdevelopment. University of New Mexico Press, 2000.

Langley, Lester. The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850. Yale University Press, 1996.

Lasso, Marixa. Myths of Harmony: Race and Republicanism during the Age of Revolution, Colombia, 1795-1831.  University of Pittsburg Press, 2007.

Lavrin, Asunción. Latin American Women: Historical Perspectives. Greenwood Press, 1978.

Lipsett-Rivera, Sonya. Gender and the Negotiation of Daily Life in Mexico, 1750-1856. University of Nebraska Press, 2012.

Lynch, John. Simón Bolívar: A Life. Yale University Press, 2006.

Lynch, John. The Spanish American Revolutions, 1808–1826. 2nd ed. W.W. Norton, 1986.

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. The General in His Labyrinth. Vintage, 1990.

Maxwell, Kenneth R.  Conflicts and Conspiracies: Brazil and Portugal, 1750-1808. Routledge, 2004.

McFarlane, Anthony and Eduardo Posada-Carbó (eds.), Independence and Revolution in Spanish America: Perspectives and ProblemsInstitute of Latin American Studies, 1999.

McFarlane, Anthony, “Rebellions in Late Colonial Spanish America: A Comparative Perspective” Bulletin of Latin American Research. 14:3 (1995); 313-338.

Murray, Pamela S. For Glory and Bolívar: The Remarkable Life of Manuela Sáenz. University of Texas Press, 2008.

Prados de la Escosura, Leandro. “Lost Decades? Economic Performance in Post-Independence Latin AmericaJournal of Latin American Studies, 41, no. 2 (2009); 279-307.

Racine, Karen. Francisco de Miranda: A Transatlantic Life in the Age of Revolution. Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.

Rodriguez, Jaime E. “The Emancipation of America.” The American Historical Review 105, no. 1 (2000): 131-52.

—. The Independence of Spanish America. Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Russell-Wood, John, ed. From Colony to Nation: Essays on the Independence of Brazil. John Hopkins University Press, 1975.

Salas, Elizabeth, Soldaderas in the Mexican Military: Myth and History. University of Texas Press, 1990.

Salcedo-Bastardo, J.L. Bolivar: A Continent and Its Destiny. Richmond Publishing, 1977

Schmidt-Nowara, Christopher. The Conquest of History: Spanish Colonialism and National Histories in the 19th Century.  University of Pittsburg Press, 2006.

Schmidt-Nowara, Christopher. “Continuity and Crisis: Cuban Slavery, Spanish Colonialism, and the Atlantic World in the Nineteenth Century.”  In Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra and Erik R. Seeman, eds. The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000. Pearson, 2007.

Seijas, Tatiana and Jake Frederick. Spanish Dollars and Sister Republics: The Money that Made Mexico and the United States. Rowman Littlefield, 2016.

Smith, Theresa Ann.  The Emerging Female Citizen: Gender and Enlightenment in Spain.  University of California Press, 2006.

Sullivan-Gonzalez, Douglass.  Piety, Power, and Politics: Religion and Nation Formation in Guatemala, 1821-1871. University of Pittsburg Press, 1998.

Thurner, Mark and Andrés Guerrero, eds. After Spanish Rule: Postcolonial Predicaments of the Americas. Duke University Press, 2003.

Tutino, John. Making a New World: Founding Capitalism in the Bahío and Spanish North America. Duke University Press, 2011.

—, ed., New Countries: Capitalism, Revolutions, and Nations in the Americas, 1750-1870. Duke University Press, 2016.

Uribe-Uran, Victor M. “The Birth of a Public Sphere in Latin America during the Age of Revolution.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 42, no. 2 (2000): 440–448.

—, ed. State and Society in Spanish America during the Age of Revolution. Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.

Valdes-Ugalde, Francisco. “Janus and the Northern Colossus: Perceptions of the United States in the Building of the Mexican Nation.” Journal of American History 86, no. 2 (1999): 568-600.

Van Young, Eric. Millennium on the Northern Marches: The Mad Messiah of Durango and Popular Rebellion in Mexico, 1800-1815,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 28:3 (1986); 385-413.

—. The Other Rebellion: Popular Violence, Ideology, and the Mexican Struggle for Independence, 1810-1821. Stanford University Press, 2002.

Voekel, Pamela. Alone Before God: The Religious Origins of Modernity in Mexico Durham: Duke University Press, 2002.

Walker, Charles F. Shaky Colonialism: The 1746 Earthquake-Tsunami in Lima, Peru, and Its Long Aftermath. Duke University Press, 2008.

Whitacker, Arthur P. The United States and the Independence of Latin America, 1800-1830.  WW Norton & Co, 1964

Yannakakis, Yanna. The Art of Being In-Between: Native Intermediaries, Indian Identity, and Local Rule in Colonial Oaxaca. Duke University Press, 2008.

Title image: Antonio Jose Páez at the battle of Las Queseras del Medio, 1819, 1889.

*The above list was compiled by the editors of Age of Revolutions with further assistance from Kristen Block, William Booth, and Suzanne Marie Litrel.*

**Think we should add a specific text to the above list? Send us a message in the comment section below.**

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