Not just caudillos. Spanish America after independence Lecture Series HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS

Not just caudillos. Spanish America after independence

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  1. Manuel Lucena GiraldoManuel Lucena Giraldo

    Es investigador del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas de España y doctor en Historia de América. Ha sido profesor visitante en la Universidad de Harvard, Lecturer en Stanford University y Visiting Professor en Tufts University, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, IVIC (Venezuela), Colegio de México, Universidad Complutense de Madrid y SAM en St. Antony’s College, en Oxford. Sus publicaciones incluyen libros sobre viajes, expediciones científicas, imágenes nacionales, imperios y globalización. Recientemente ha sido editor de Polyphonic History. Sus últimas obras son Naciones de rebeldes. Las revoluciones de independencia latinoamericanas y Francisco de Miranda. La aventura de la política. Contribuye en prensa de manera habitual en España y América.

Shortly before his death in 1830 in Santa Marta, Simón bolivar proclaimed "who serves in the revolution is ploughing in the sea". This prominent protagonist of independence also pointed out: "we have won freedom on the cost of everything else". Following these words, the organization of a stable civil and democratic order after independence would be a complicated task in the emancipated Hispanic America due to the specter of the warlords and the temptations for personal power. Nevertheless, as we will show in this conference, the push of the democratic experiments where the rule and not the exception, so this way the contemporary ideas of freedom found an adequate vehicle for expression, precisely when the United States, while standing divided due to the problem of slavery, was heading towards the terrible secession war.