- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: May 2017
- Print publication year: 2017
- Online ISBN: 9781316665633
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316665633
The American and Latin American independence movements emerged from distinctive settings and produced divergent results, but they were animated by similar ideas. Patriotic political theorists throughout the Americas offered analogous critiques of imperial rule, designed comparable constitutions, and expressed common ambitions for their new nations' future relations with one another and the rest of the world. This book adopts a hemispheric perspective on the revolutions that liberated the United States and Spanish America, offering a new interpretation of their most important political ideas. Simon argues that the many points of agreement among various revolutionary political theorists across the Americas can be attributed to the problems they encountered in common as Creoles - that is, as the descendants of European settlers born in the Americas. He illustrates this by comparing the political thought of three Creole revolutionaries: Alexander Hamilton of the United States, Simón Bolívar of Venezuela, and Lucas Alamán of Mexico.
Bruce Ackerman - Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University
Anthony Pagden - Distinguished Professor of Political Science and History, University of California, Los Angeles
Aziz Rana - Cornell University
Diego A. von Vacano - Texas A & M University
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