Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela

Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela

by Cristina Soriano

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Overview

This is a book about the links between politics and literacy, and about how radical ideas spread in a world without printing presses. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Spanish colonial governments tried to keep revolution out of their provinces. But, as Cristina Soriano shows, hand-copied samizdat materials from the Caribbean flooded the cities and ports of Venezuela, hundreds of foreigners shared news of the French and Haitian revolutions with locals, and Venezuelans of diverse social backgrounds met to read hard-to-come-by texts and to discuss the ideas they expounded. These networks efficiently spread antimonarchical propaganda and abolitionist and egalitarian ideas, allowing Venezuelans to participate in an incipient yet vibrant public sphere and to contemplate new political scenarios. This book offers an in-depth analysis of one of the crucial processes that allowed Venezuela to become one of the first regions in Spanish America to declare independence from Iberia and turn into an influential force for South American independence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826359865
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Series: Dialogos Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Cristina Soriano is an assistant professor of Latin American history at Villanova University.

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