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Imported Modernity in Post-Colonial State Formation

The Appropriation of Political, Educational, and Cultural Models in Nineteenth-Century Latin America


Eugenia Roldán Vera and Marcelo Caruso

The present volume analyses the actual processes by which liberal ideas and modern educational and cultural projects traveled to, and were institutionalized in, the Latin American context during the post-independence period. It comprises a number of essays that pay attention to the process of importing specific ideas to particular contexts, and to the peculiar dynamics of that communication. Although diverse in theme and methodological approach, all of the studies that make up this volume focus on the typical features characterizing the selection, appropriation and utilization of imported political discourses and institutions, models of schooling and cultural practices. Each of the contributors follows the circulation and appropriation of specific European «ideas» and «models», and discusses the social and cultural characteristics of the process of communication that shaped that circulation.
Contents: Eugenia Roldán Vera/Marcelo Caruso: Introduction: Avoiding the National, Assessing the Modern – Federica Morelli: Between the Old and the New Regime: The Triumph of the Intermediate Bodies in the Quito Audience, 1765-1830 – Beatriz Dávilo: Iusnaturalist Tradition and Utilitarianism Imported: The Intellectual and Political Trajectories of the Elites in the Rio de la Plata, 1810-1825 – Sajid Alfredo Herrera: Old Regional Antagonisms and Imported Political Models: The Liberal Invention of a Salvadoran State Identity, 1812-1829 – Natalia Sobrevilla Perea: Mid Nineteenth-Century Ideological Radicalization in Peru: The French Post-Revolutionary Influence – Jorge Myers: «Democracy in South America». The «New Generation» and the Reception of Tocqueville’s De la démocratie en Amérique: The Path of River Plate Liberalism, 1840-1852 – Karen Racine: Imported Englishness: Henry Christophe’s Educational Programme in Haiti, 1806-1820 – Eugenia Roldán Vera: Export as Import: James Thomson’s Civilising Mission in South America, 1818-1825 – Marcelo Caruso: New Schooling and the Invention of a Political Culture: Community, Rituals and Meritocracy in Colombian Monitorial Schools, 1821-1842 – Luciano Mendes de Faria Filho/José G. Gondra: In the Name of Civilization: Compulsory Education and Cultural Politics in Brazil in the 19th Century – Rebecca Earle: Consumption and Excess in Colonial and Early-Independent Spanish America – Guillermo Zermeño: Ranke in Mexico: The Process of Professionalization of History, A Century Later?