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Colombia before Independence

Colombia before Independence
Economy, Society, and Politics under Bourbon Rule

Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521894494


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  • This book describes and analyses economic and political developments in Colombia during the final century of Spanish rule. Its purpose is threefold: first, to provide a general portrait of Colombian society during the late colonial period, showing the character of economic, social, and political life in the territory's principal regions; second, to assess the impact on the region of European imperialist expansion during the eighteenth century; and third, to provide a context for understanding the causes of independence. The book offers the only available survey of Colombian history and historiography for this period.

    • The only available survey of Colombian history for this period
    • Based on extensive research in Spanish and Colombian archives
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521894494
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 30 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Foundations
    Part I. Economy and Society In Eighteenth-Century New Granada:
    2. Regions and resources
    3. Mining frontiers and the gold economy
    Part II. The Economics of Bourbon Colonialism: New Granada and Atlantic Economy:
    4. New Granada and the Spanish mercantile system, 1700–78
    5. Commerce and economy in the age of imperial free trade, 1778–96
    6. Merchants and monopoly
    Part III. The Politics of Bourbon Colonialism: Reconstructing the Colonial State:
    7. Renovation: the establishment of the Viceroyalty
    8. Innovation: the Visita General and its impact
    Part IV. Government and Politics:
    9. Power, politics, and protest
    10. Science and sedition
    Part V. Crisis in the Colonial Order:
    11. War and the weakening of the colonial order
    12. The fall of royal government

  • Author

    Anthony McFarlane, University of Warwick

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