LAC Main Seminar Series: Book launch: Re-Imagining Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1780-1870

Convener: David Doyle, University of Oxford

Speakers: Presentation by the editors to be followed by comments by Professor Alan Knight, Emeritus Fellow, St Antony’s College and Latin American Centre

Re-Imagining Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1780-1870 (Oxford University Press, 2023), edited by Eduardo Posada-Carbó, Joanna Innes and Mark Philp.


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Re-imagining Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1780-1870 examines the ways in which the ancient concept of “democracy” was re-imagined as relevant to the modern world in Latin America and the Caribbean between the later eighteenth and later nineteenth centuries. In most regions this process largely followed the French Revolution, while in Latin America it more closely followed independence movements of the 1810s and 20s.  A sequel to two previous volumes edited by Joanna Innes and Mark Philp, Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions: America, France, Britain, Ireland 1750-1850 and Re-imagining Democracy in the Mediterranean 1770-1860, this volume studies how a variety of political actors and commentators used “democracy” to characterize or debate modern conditions through the ensuing half-century. By 1870, it was firmly established in mainstream political lexicons throughout the region.

Eduardo Posada-Carbó is Professor of the History and Politics of Latin America at the University of Oxford and William Golding Senior Research Fellow at Brasenose College. 

Joanna Innes is Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College and Professor Emerita of the University of Oxford.

Mark Philp is Professor of History and Politics at the University of Warwick, and Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College.

Alan Knight was Oxford Professor of the History of Latin America from 1992 to 2003, when he retired.  He is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College and the Latin American Centre.