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La invención republicana del legado colonial

Ciencia, historia y geografía de la vanguardia política colombiana en el siglo XIX

Lina del Castillo
Ciencias Sociales

"El análisis agudo y provocador de Lina del Castillo en La invención republicana del legado colonial sugiere que el llamado ‘legado colonial’ de Colombia —citado con tanta frecuencia— es en realidad un constructo del siglo xix que ha sobrevivido a sus creadores originales como un marco de referencia para explicar todo lo que no funciona en la América Latina moderna. Sin duda, este libro propiciará debates académicos necesarios al hacernos cuestionar este legado”. Nancy P. Appelbaum

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ISBN impreso 9789587747706
ISBN electrónico 9789587747713
Codigo DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.30778/2018.56
Periodo de publicacion Segundo semestre
Año de publicación 2018
Mes de Publicación Noviembre
Edición Primera edición en español
Formato Rústica
Número de páginas 360
Tamaño 17 x 24 cm
Coeditores Edicioens Uniandes y Banco de la República de Colombia
Precio 64.000

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“Lina del Castillo’s sharp and provocative analysis in “La invención republicana del legado colonial” suggests that Colombia’s so-called and so often cited ‘colonial legacy’ is actually a 19th century construct that has survived its original creators as a frame of reference for explaining everything that doesn’t work in modern Latin America. This book will undoubtedly spark necessary academic debates by making us question this legacy.”

Nancy P. Appelbaum, professor of history at Binghamton University, SUNY, and author of Drawing the Nation.

After Independence, Hispano-American leaders perceived the colonial past as a threat to their present. “La invención republicana del legado colonial” analyzes how the vibrant public sphere in Colombia invented narratives about Spain’s “colonial legacy,” which included a lack of accurate geographic knowledge, blockages to a circulating political economy, existing land tenure patterns, rooted inequities, and ignorance among popular sectors. Sometimes cooperatively and sometimes belligerently, Colombian leaders approached this legacy to forge a republic in a hostile world dominated by monarchies and empires. The public sphere —Partisan, but uniformly Republican— invented the vision of a virtuous nation that, unlike the United States, had already abolished slavery and considered Indians citizens.

By the mid-19th century, as the right to vote extended to all males over the age of twenty-one, Colombian elites modified territorial divisions and drafted new constitutions to administer the alleged colonial legacy that influenced popular voters. This book also explores how the struggle to be at the forefront of radical republican equity fostered innovative contributions in the social sciences, including geography, cartography, political ethnography, constitutional science, history, and the calculation of equity through agrarian reform. Paradoxically, these efforts created a kind of political pluralism reminiscent of the Spanish monarchy during the colonial period.

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