Adventuring Through Spanish Colonies
Simon Bolivar, Foreign Mercenaries and the Birth of New Nations
Matthew Brown is a Lecturer in Latin American Studies, University of Bristol.
Figures, Maps and Tables p. viii Preface p. ix Abbreviations p. xiii Introduction p. 1 1. The Context for Adventure p. 13 2 The Terrain of Adventure in Gran Columbia p. 39 3 The Practicalities of Adventure p. 61 4 Negotiating Honour p. 81 5 Nations and Armies p. 110 6 Race, Slavery and Abolitionism p. 133 7 Veteran Soldiers and the State p. 156 8 Settling In p. 173 9 After Adventure p. 202 Conclusion p. 214 Glossary p. 221 Bibliography p. 223 Index p. 259
Many people have tried to write this book, but Matthew Brown finally has done it properly. It is a work of astonishing ambition and considerable labor and, through his new methodology, the author arrived at some surprising conclusions. Adventuring through Spanish colonies is an ambitious and successful book. In short, this book is a much needed corrective to earlier, more speculative accounts of the British and Irish recruits in Gran Colombia's independence armies.
Irish Migration Studies in Latin America
This is a very enjoyable book to read, full of surprising and suggestive insights. Perhaps most importantly, it is an interpretation that adds complexity, and nuances, to long-standing historiographical views of British involvement in the Spanish American Wars of Independence, of early Spanish American concepts of nationhood and ethnicity, and of the impact these adventurers' actions had in the region. ... this is a noteworthy contribution
Latin American Studies, Vol 40
Size: 234 x 156 mm
Publication: November 1, 2006
Series: Liverpool Latin American Studies 8